International investors withdrew almost $130mn from the Russian stock market last week

bne IntelliNews February 25, 2019

This was the biggest outflow in three months. The main concern is the risk posed by an increase in the sanctions pressure from the West, although the arrest of US fund manager Michael Calvey also played an important role.

Slovakia´s inflation at 2.2% in January

bne IntelliNews February 25, 2019

EU-harmonised inflation in Slovakia reached 2.2% year-on-year in January, according to the Slovak Statistics Office data published on February 22. The average harmonised inflation rate for last 12 months stood at 2.5% in January 2019.

Watcom shopping index starts 2019 on a low note

Ben Aris in Berlin February 24, 2019

Russia’s Watcom Shopping index got off to a lacklustre start in 2019, repeating the lower levels of foot traffic in Moscow’s leading shopping malls seen last year. If the trend continues, it suggests there is a permanent reduction.

Lithuanian industrial production growth accelerates in January

bne IntelliNews February 24, 2019

Albeit uneven, the continuous growth of industrial production is promising for the national economy at the beginning of the year.

Retail trade in Ukraine increases 6.3% y/y in January

bne IntelliNews February 22, 2019

January’s retail trade increased 6.3% year-on-year in real terms, accelerating from 4.9% y/y in December, Ukraine’s state statistics agency Ukrstat reported on February 20.

Slovakia´s unemployment rate up at 5.26% in January

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2019

Slovakia´s unemployment rate reached 5.26% in January 2019, up by 0.22 percentage points (pp) month-on-month from 5.04% in December 2018 and down by 0.62pp year-on-year, according to data by the Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Centre published

Belarus reports 0.9% y/y industrial growth in January

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2019

Belarus' industrial output growth crashed to 0.9% year-on-year in January this year, down from 5.7% in December and 9.7% y/y growth in January of 2018, according to the national statistics agency Belstat.