Poland’s GDP soars 10.7% y/y in Q2 after pandemic recession

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw August 16, 2021

Growth expected to slow if government reimposes COVID-19 restrictions in the autumn.

No surprises as Turkey’s central bank again holds policy rate

bne IntelIiNews August 12, 2021

Prior to rates meeting president Erdogan was pushing for summer easing.

Kazakh retail sales up 7.2% y/y in Jan-July

bne IntelIiNews August 12, 2021

Kazakh retail sales jumped by 7.2% y/y in January-July, reaching a value of Kazakhstani tenge (KZT) 6,482.8bn ($15.28bn), according to latest data published by Kazakhstan's State Statistics Committee.

Czech July inflation at its highest level since mid-2020

bne IntelliNews August 12, 2021

Czech consumer prices increased by 3.4% year-on-year in July, the highest figure since July last year, driven by higher prices in transport (by 18.5%) up by 0.6 percentage points (pp) month-on-month.

Energy prices bring Romania’s inflation to 5% in July

bne IntelliNews August 12, 2021

Consumer price inflation in Romania reached 4.95% in July, rising sharply from 3.8%-3.9% in May-June.

Watcom Shopping index overtakes 2020 level of activity as retail recovers on rising incomes

bne IntelliNews August 11, 2021

The Watcom Shopping index overtook the 2020 level of activity in week 30 of this year as the retail business recovers on the back of the post-crisis economic growth and rising incomes.

Hungary’s consumer prices ease in July

bne IntelliNews August 11, 2021

Hungary’s consumer prices rose 4.6% y/y in July, slowing from the peak of 5.3% in the previous two months.

Ukraine gross reserves increase 2% in July

bne IntelliNews August 10, 2021

Ukraine’s gross international reserves increased by $0.59bn, or 2.1%, to $28.95bn in July

Czech industrial input continues to increase in June

bne IntelliNews August 10, 2021

Czech industrial production increased by 11.4% year-on-year and by 1% month-on-month in June, according to the latest data from August 6 released by the Czech Statistics Office. The value of news orders went up annually by 22.8%.

Bank stocks drive Warsaw Stock Exchange’s main index to all-time high

bne IntelIiNews August 10, 2021

The WIG was up 0.15% to 68,487.65 points on August 9, reaching a record high for the fourth session day in a row.

Ukrainian inflation back into double digits as rate hits 10.2% in July y/y

bne IntelliNews August 10, 2021

Ukraine’s inflation exceeded double digits for the first time since November 2018 rising to 10.2%, according to Ukrstat, as the central bank prepares for another interest rate hike in September.

North Macedonia’s annual inflation speeds up to 3.4% in July

bne IntelliNews August 9, 2021

The central bank expects consumer prices to increase further based on expected movements in import prices.

Slovenia’s 6-month trade surplus declined sharply y/y to €210.6mn

bne IntelliNews August 9, 2021

Slovenia’s trade surplus declined to €210.6mn in the first six months of 2021, from €829.1mn in the same period a year earlier.

Hungary’s industrial production flat in June despite global chip shortage

bne IntelIiNews August 9, 2021

All branches of manufacturing contributed to the increase, but growth slowed significantly in the vehicle segment, which has the largest weighting.

Romania’s retail sales rise by 5.8% q/q in Q2

bne IntelliNews August 5, 2021

Romania’s retail sales index increased by 12.0% y/y in June.

Poland’s unemployment rate falls 0.3pp y/y to 5.8% in July, government estimates

bne IntelliNews August 4, 2021

Month-on-month, the unemployment rate fell 0.1pp.

Chunky inflation growth takes Georgia’s headline rate to 11.9% y/y in July

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest August 4, 2021

Arguments in favour of a rate hike have accumulated.

Watcom shopping index almost back to normal in July

bne IntelliNews August 3, 2021

The Russian Watcom shopping index that measures foot traffic in Moscow’s leading shopping malls is almost back to normal as the effects of last year’s lockdown work their way through the results.

Turkey’s manufacturing PMI hits six month high in July as virus brake removed

bne IntelIiNews August 2, 2021

Coronavirus cases are, however, again on the rise. Analysts fear growth plans could once more be hindered.

PMI: Russian manufacturing sees dive in demand in July

bne IntelliNews August 2, 2021

Russia’s manufacturing sector saw a deterioration of operating conditions in July 2021, seeing a fall in production and a steeper decline in new orders, and overall weak client demand, latest PMI report by IHS Markit shows.