Czech Republic

Movie night at the airport

bne IntelliNews May 24, 2020

Central Europeans in need of a culture fix after weeks of lockdown can now watch films at a growing number of drive-ins and outdoor cinemas opened in car parks, airport aprons and other open spaces as restrictions are eased.

70% of companies in Czech Republic saw a drop in orders in May due to COVID-19 outbreak

bne IntelliNews May 22, 2020

The economic situation of Czech companies is deteriorating and most hope for an extension of the government's Antivirus support programme, a survey by the Confederation of Industry and Transport shows.

Russa’s coronavirus cases close to 300,000 but PM says growth in new cases has halted

bne IntelliNews May 19, 2020

Slowdown in new cases in Eastern Europe, while lockdowns already being lifted in Central and Southeast Europe.

Most Central, Southeast Europe economies contract in Q1 but outperform eurozone average

bne IntelliNews May 18, 2020

Performance ranges from a contraction of 5.4% q/q in Slovakia to growth of 0.3% q/q in Bulgaria and Romania.

Czech-Slovak billionaires Kretinsky and Tkac become fourth-largest shareholders in US Macy's

bne IntelliNews May 14, 2020

Investors might consider acquiring additional stakes if the uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic that which forced the retail chain to close its stores causes a further fall in the share price.

ING: Central and Eastern Europe’s fiscal and monetary response to COVID-19

Rafal Benecki et al of ING THINK May 12, 2020

What is behind the magic of high numbers of anti-crisis programmes to combat the economic fallout from COVID-19? Some CEE countries can afford policy responses like developed markets as their central banks kick-start QE support programmes.

Retail sales under lockdown across Central and Eastern Europe are sinking

bne IntelliNews May 12, 2020

A worldwide lockdown has created havoc for retailers as their customers are forced to stay at home. There has been a little respite as sales in March surged due to panic buying but that has given way to a lockdown that keeps stores closed

Czech central bank lowered key interest rate to 0.25% to ease COVID-19 crisis

bne IntelliNews May 10, 2020

Czech National Bank surprised the markets by lowering the two-week repo rate by 75 bp to 0.25%.

Capital outflows from EMs reverse in April to modest gains

bne IntelliNews May 5, 2020

The torrent of capital fleeing Emerging Markets (EMs) securities has stopped and these markets saw a modest inflow in April, reported the Institute of International Finance (IIF) on May 4.

CAPITAL ECONOMICS: Early signs point to steep economic downturn in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

Capital Economics’ Chief Emerging Markets Economist William Jackson in London April 30, 2020

There are encouraging signs that the authorities in Central Europe have brought the virus under control and policymakers are slowly starting to ease lockdown measures, which will support a recovery in activity, but a sharp slowdown remains inevitable

Czech Republic facing its worst drought in past 500 years

bne IntelliNews April 29, 2020

Environment Minister Richard Brabec says drought has affected 80% of the country's groundwater sources due to a combination of low precipitation and rising temperatures.

Strict and early lockdowns pay off in CEE/SEE while cases explode to over 80,000 in Russia

bne IntelliNews April 28, 2020

Tentative lifting of lockdowns in Central and Southeast Europe as number of new cases dwindles.

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