Overall rise backed by increase in consumer durables segment that shot up by 43.1% y/y.
Shop closures and fears about the future prompted Slovenians to postpone purchases.
Ratio now as meagre as 42% after falling below 45% threshold in March.
Transport prices shot up by 5.8% y/y in April reflecting the low base effect from the lockdown month of April 2020.
Lending to households has gained momentum following reforms in the banking sector, while corporate lending lags behind.
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, 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 improved for the sixth consecutive month, increasing by 6.2 percentage points above April value.
Transfers from abroad to Moldovan households soared to $1.63bn in the 12 months ending April 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.
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 suffered the least impact from the coronacrisis in 2020, with its GDP declining by only 1%.
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 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.
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.
Spikes in global energy and food prices have pushed up inflation in North Macedonia, but the rise is expected to be temporary.
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 GDP narrowly missed a full return to the level posted in the same period last year.
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.
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.