Croatia’s industrial turnover turns to 11.6% y/y rise in March

bne IntelliNews May 27, 2021

Overall rise backed by increase in consumer durables segment that shot up by 43.1% y/y.

Slovenian households slashed spending during the pandemic

bne IntelliNews May 26, 2021

Shop closures and fears about the future prompted Slovenians to postpone purchases.

Foreign investor share on Borsa Istanbul at fresh historical low

Akin Nazli in Belgrade May 26, 2021

Ratio now as meagre as 42% after falling below 45% threshold in March.

Consumer prices up 0.9% y/y in Bosnia in April

bne IntelliNews May 26, 2021

Transport prices shot up by 5.8% y/y in April reflecting the low base effect from the lockdown month of April 2020.

Household borrowing drives loan growth in Moldova

bne IntelliNews May 26, 2021

Lending to households has gained momentum following reforms in the banking sector, while corporate lending lags behind.

Ukraine’s industrial output soared in April by 13.0% y/y as the pandemic low base effects kicked in

bne IntelliNews May 25, 2021

Ukraine’s industrial output exploded in April, increasing by 13.0% y/y from a 2.1% y/y growth in March largely thanks to the low base effect from the pandemic, the State Statistics Service reported on May 24.

Russia’s Watcom shopping index stages recovery in April and May, shopping only 10% below 2019 levels

bne IntelliNews May 25, 2021

Russia’s Watcom shopping index, which measures foot traffic in Moscow’s largest malls, started to show a stronger recovery between the middle of April and the middle of May, and is approaching levels not seen since 2019.

Slovenia’s sentiment indicator continues to grow

bne IntelliNews May 25, 2021

Slovenia’s sentiment indicator improved for the sixth consecutive month, increasing by 6.2 percentage points above April value.

Foreign transfers to Moldovan households up 25% during pandemic

bne IntelliNews May 25, 2021

Transfers from abroad to Moldovan households soared to $1.63bn in the 12 months ending April 2021.

Polish industrial production continues flight in April against last year’s low base

bne IntelliNews May 24, 2021

Poland’s industrial production growth skyrocketed 44.5% year on year at constant prices in April 2021, in line with predictions for a sharp rise in activity compared to April 2020.

Polish PPI inflation growth picks up to 5.3% y/y in April

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2021

April reading marks the fourth consecutive expansion of the index after a 10-month streak of falls or zero growth in factory gate prices.

Serbia’s GDP to rise by more than 6% in 2021, central bank says

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2021

Serbia suffered the least impact from the coronacrisis in 2020, with its GDP declining by only 1%.

Georgia's April PPI climbs at fastest rate in a decade

bne IntelIiNews May 21, 2021

Georgia's Producer Price Index (PPI) for industrial products in April rose by 3.2% m/m and 17.5% y/y, reaching the steepest annual rate seen in a decade.

Bosnia’s foreign trade gains momentum in April

bne IntelliNews May 21, 2021

Bosnia’s exports soared by 76% y/y to $679mn in April, while imports rose by 65% to $1.94bn, with both performances sustained by the low base effects.

COVID-19 wipes out around 12.2% of Georgia’s jobs as of Q1

bne IntelIiNews May 21, 2021

The number of formally employed Georgians decreased by 12.2% y/y in Q1 to 782,000, implying that around 108,000 jobs were wiped out by the coronavirus-driven crisis.

IMF says global energy and food prices pushed up North Macedonia’s inflation

bne IntelliNews May 19, 2021

Spikes in global energy and food prices have pushed up inflation in North Macedonia, but the rise is expected to be temporary.

Russia’s better than expected recovery continues in first quarter

bne IntelliNews May 18, 2021

Russia's economy continues to recover more strongly than analysts were expecting. Growth returned in March, but it was not strong enough to outweigh contractions in January and February, but the GDP growth is expected to be in the black from here on

Romania's Q1 GDP points already to full recovery after last year's crisis

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 18, 2021

Romania's GDP narrowly missed a full return to the level posted in the same period last year.

Russian inflation expectations driven up by unstable prices for staple goods

bne IntelliNews May 18, 2021

The Russian population is currently expecting inflation to soar to 14.5%, despite the fact it is currently 5.5% and looks like it is starting to fall. Soaring food prices have unsettled consumers.

Moldova’s foreign trade shifts to industrial goods but posts wider deficit

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 18, 2021

Trade deficit widened by as much as 22% y/y to $838mn in 2021, as Moldova hiked exports of industrial equipment but poor agricultural exports cancelled out the increase in industrial exports.