Polish inflation climbs further to 5.9% y/y in September

bne IntelliNews October 18, 2021

Inflation picks up 0.5pp versus the preceding month to a 20-year high.

Belarus' GDP 3% up in January-August, foreign trade surplus at record high

bne IntelliNews October 18, 2021

In January-August 2021 Belarus' GDP rose by 3%, while the foreign trade surplus exceeded $2bn and beat the record of the year 2013.

Belarus' gold, forex reserves down by 0.4% to $8.5bn in September

bne IntelliNews October 18, 2021

Belarus' gold and foreign currency reserves totalled $8,459.9bn as of 1 October, 2021, according to the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus (NBRB) preliminary data, reports BelTA.

Inflation in Belarus at 1.3% in September

bne IntelliNews October 18, 2021

In September 2021 the index of consumer prices for goods and services totalled 101.3% as against August 2021 and 107.5% as against December 2020, according to the National Statistics Committee of Belarus.

Changed travel patterns give the eastern Adriatic a strong summer season

Clare Nuttall in Zagreb October 17, 2021

There were some major changes in the source countries of travellers to the region as the continued coronavirus threat forced people to switch to different holiday destinations.

Slovak inflation in September up to its highest figure in 10 years

bne IntelliNews October 15, 2021

Consumer prices grew by 4.6% year-on-year in September,

Montenegro’s debt set to fall for first time since independence

bne IntelliNews October 14, 2021

Finance ministry expects government debt to drop to 87.37% of GDP in 2021, after soaring to 103% of GDP in 2020.

Georgia’s domestic exports strengthen on high metal prices

bne IntelliNews October 14, 2021

Compared to the pre-crisis period January-September 2019, Georgia’s exports increased by 9% to $2.98bn, while imports advanced by only 3.3% y/y to $7.03bn.

Hungary’s automotive sector output plunges on chip shortage

bne IntelliNews October 14, 2021

The decline in output of automotive industry companies, which accounted for 17% of total manufacturing output in August, accelerated from a 6.7% drop in July.

Romania’s industry stagnates, dragged down by disruptions in car production

bne IntelliNews October 14, 2021

Romania's automotive industry had been going strong pre-crisis and seemed to recover in late 2020 — only to be depressed by the semiconductor crisis this year.

IMF downgrades Ukraine's growth outlook for 2021 to 3.5%

bne IntelliNews October 14, 2021

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) downgraded Ukraine’s economic forecast for 2021 to 3.5% GDP growth from 4% in its April prognosis, according to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) released on October 12.

North Macedonia’s central bank holds key rate as growth moderates

bne IntelliNews October 13, 2021

Central bank last cut its key rate to 1.25% in March and has so far not joined the shift to monetary tightening.

Moldova’s inflation leaps to 6.7% y/y in September

bne IntelliNews October 13, 2021

National Bank of Moldova hiked the refinancing rate in September as inflation soared past its projections.

Non-oil exports driving Russia towards new all-time high current account balance this year

bne IntelliNews October 13, 2021

Non-oil exports drive Russia’s current account balance to a historical quarterly high of $40.8bn in the third quarter, the CBR reported on October 11.

Annual inflation in Serbia up sharply to 5.7% in September

bne IntelliNews October 12, 2021

Central bank says rising inflation mostly caused by factors beyond the influence of its monetary policy, namely rising international food and energy prices.

Slovak industrial production slightly up y/y in August

bne IntelliNews October 12, 2021

Output growth slowing down for the fourth consecutive month as chip shortage hampers recovery.

Romania’s trade gap one quarter wider than before crisis

bne IntelliNews October 12, 2021

Strong growth in both exports and imports in August resulted in trade gap of €1.73bn.

Czech inflation in September increases to highest level in 13 years

bne IntelliNews October 12, 2021

Inflation hits 4.9%, up by 0.8 percentage points month-on-month.

Ukraine consumer inflation accelerates to 11% in September

Cameron Jones in Kyiv October 12, 2021

Annual inflation in Ukraine accelerated to 11.0% year on year in September from 10.2% for the previous month, driven mostly by food and clothing prices.

Serbian central bank reports new record for FX reserves

bne IntelliNews October 11, 2021

Serbia issued its debut sovereign green eurobond as well as its longest-tenor traditional eurobond in September.