Russia finished 2020 with a milder than expected 3.1% contraction

bne IntelliNews February 2, 2021

Russia finished 2020 with a milder than expected 3.1% contraction, according to preliminary data from the Economics Ministry released on February 1.

Putin’s popularity slumps to 53% in wake of Navalny demonstrations

Ben Aris in Berlin February 2, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s popularity slumped to 53%, according to the state-owned pollster, the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM), in the wake of a brutal crackdown by police on weekend demonstrations

Turkey’s January manufacturing PMI shows output, new orders and exports returned to growth

bne IntelIiNews February 1, 2021

Index moves up to 54.1 from 50.8 in December. Raw material shortages meant inflationary pressures remained marked.

Tighter restrictions dragged down Croatia's retail trade in December

bne IntelliNews February 1, 2021

Fall in both annual and monthly terms as new restrictions to contain COVID-19 were imposed in December.

Russia’s manufacturing PMI records its first gain since August 2020

bne IntelliNews February 1, 2021

The IHS Markit Russia Manufacturing PMI posted its first gain since August 2020, rising to 50.9 in January, up from 49.7 in the last month of 2020, the first gain in five months. Any result above 50 is an expansion of business.

COVID-19 pandemic leads to Poland’s first full-year GDP fall in 25 years

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw February 1, 2021

GDP falls a better than initially predicted 2.8% in 2020.

North Macedonia’s industrial production returns to growth in December

bne IntelliNews January 30, 2021

Industrial production returned to a positive trend after declining for nine months in a row as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.