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Bulgaria’s inflation hits new record of 15.6% y/y in May

bne IntelliNews June 16, 2022

Inflation has been rising for 15 consecutive months but started speeding up recently due to surging energy prices.

Slovak inflation rate hits 22-year high in May

bne IntelliNews June 16, 2022

Slovak inflation hit 12.6% in May, up for the sixteenth consecutive month. Monthly growth of consumer prices was 1.6% in May.

North Macedonia’s central bank raises key rate by 0.25 pp for the third time

bne IntelliNews June 15, 2022

Three consecutive months of hikes bring the key rate to 2% in a bid to maintain price stability.

Copper prices set to rise as supply lags

Theo Normanton June 15, 2022

Demand for copper is set to increase as the green transition accelerates, but some of the world's biggest copper-producing nations are having supply problems. A Goldman Sachs strategist has warned that the red metal may soon cost $15,000 per tonne.

Polish CPI growth confirmed at 13.9% y/y in May as inflation spreads throughout economy

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw June 15, 2022

Polish CPI growth accelerated 1.5pp to 13.9% y/y in May, with analysts now pencilling in 15%-16% y/y peak CPI growth in August or September.

Hungary’s automotive sector sputters in April

bne IntelliNews June 15, 2022

Headline industrial output growth slows to 3.1% y/y.

Slovak industrial production down by 9.6% in April

bne IntelliNews June 14, 2022

Month-on-month, after seasonal adjustments, industrial output fell by 1.2%.

Romania’s consumer price inflation reaches 14.5% y/y in May

bne IntelliNews June 13, 2022

Food prices increased in line with the average, by 14.3% y/y, while prices of the non-food goods including energy and fuel advanced by 17.2% y/y.

Czech inflation rate in May posts another record

bne IntelliNews June 13, 2022

Consumer price index increased by 16% y/y from 14.2% posted in April.

Moldova’s inflation hits 29% y/y in May

bne IntelliNews June 12, 2022

Further inflationary pressure is expected as end-user electricity prices rise by between 14% and 22% in June.

Bulgarians most sceptical in EU about euro adoption, Eurobarometer poll says

bne IntelliNews June 12, 2022

54% of Bulgarians don't want their country to switch to the euro, despite plans to enter the eurozone in January 2023.

Poor Belarusians are becoming poorer

bne IntelliNews June 12, 2022

While Belarus’ economy minister has said that sanctions should not affect the living standard of ordinary Belarusians, a recent survey made by the country’s statistical agencies shows that poor Belarusian are already becoming poorer.

Russia’s CBR cuts key rate to pre-invasion 9.5%

bne IntelliNews June 10, 2022

The board of the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) cut the key interest rate by 150 basis points from 11% to a single-digit 9.5%, projecting confidence in managing the sanctioned and isolated Russian economy.

Romania’s 12-month trade gap hits 10.7% of GDP as deficit deepens by 65% y/y in April

bne IntelliNews June 10, 2022

Trade gap reached €26.6bn in 12 months to April, after rising commodities prices pushed up the value of both exports and imports.

Czech unemployment further down to 3% in May

bne IntelliNews June 9, 2022

Seasonal jobs will continue to be advertised in the coming months, which means the unemployment rate could fall even further.

Detailed Q1 GDP figures confirm private consumption and IT&C as main growth drivers in Romania

bne IntelliNews June 9, 2022

Earlier flash estimate indicating 6.5% y/y growth and a 5.2% q/q advance surprised analysts, who were expecting a weaker performance.

Czech industrial production down by 3.8% y/y in April

bne IntelliNews June 6, 2022

Manufacture of motor vehicles contributed the most to the drop in output, mainly as a result of the lack of components.

Russia’s car sales drop 84% in post-invasion May 2022

bne IntelliNews June 6, 2022

Russian car sales have crashed as sanctions has brought the import-heavy industry to its knees. Russia’s car sales drop 84% in post-invasion May 2022

Russia’s Composite PMI up further in May, but still in contraction

bne IntelliNews June 5, 2022

The S&P Global Russia Composite PMI Output Index (manufacturing and services) posted 48.2 in May 2022, up from 44.4 in April and 37.7 in March.

Nearly 40% of Bulgarians want out of Nato as pro-Russian propaganda strengthens

bne IntelliNews June 5, 2022

Minister says a propaganda war is being fought in Bulgaria, turning public opinion on the war in Ukraine.

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