Baltic States

Lithuanian retail sales ease growth rate to 3.7% y/y in December

bne IntelliNews January 28, 2020

Sales thus decelerated their growth rate in comparison to the 4.5% annual expansion in the eleventh month. Retail sales have been on an uninterrupted growth track since 2015.

Estonia’s Fermi Energia signs MoU on developing first nuclear reactor

bne IntelliNews January 28, 2020

Fermi Energia is looking to develop Estonia's first source of nuclear energy in the 2030s, but environmental groups say it would pose “significant risks” to the environment and be economically unfeasible.

IIF Green Weekly Insight: The Roaring Twenties

The Institute of International Finance (IIF) January 27, 2020

Global demand for electricity is projected to surge over 20% this decade. Power generation accounts for 40% of emissions and Emerging markets, notably China and India, will account for over 85% of rising demand in the next ten years.

Eastern EU members “failing to address corruption effectively”, finds Transparency International

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2020

Many of the newer EU member states saw their scores deteriorate on the latest Corruption Perceptions Index amid growing state capture and efforts by governments to undermine judicial independence.

Slovenia ranks first in emerging Europe in social mobility

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2020

Most economies are failing to provide the conditions in which their citizens can thrive, said the World Economic Forum on releasing its new social mobility index.

Estonian PPI deflation deepens in December

bne IntelliNews January 20, 2020

The headline figure also sees the PPI inflation rate below zero for the fifth consecutive month after an uninterrupted growth period of nearly three years.

VIENNEAST COMPASS: Risk outlook 2020 – balancing in limbo

Marcus How of Vienneast in Vienna January 14, 2020

CEESE had a good year in 2019, with the economies in the region buoyed by increasing domestic consumption and capital spending that allowed the region to decouple from western Europe.

OUTLOOK 2020 Lithuania

bne IntelliNews January 10, 2020

Lithuania enjoyed robust growth in 2019 but this is forecast to decline in 2020 given the deteriorating external environment.

CAPITAL ECONOMICS: CEE growth comes off the boil in 2019, but loose money and strong demand will bolster growth in 2020

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2020

The European Commission’s batch of Economic Sentiment Indicators (ESIs) fell sharply in December, although they remain consistent with regional GDP growth holding steady at around 3.6% y/y in Q4. Robust domestic demand should help to cushion the blow

OUTLOOK 2020 Latvia

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2020

Prime Minister Krisjans Karins, who heads a fractious five-party coalition, has pledged to put cleaning up Latvia’s financial sector at the top of his priority list.

OUTLOOK 2020 Estonia

bne IntelliNews January 7, 2020

A slowdown is looming for Estonia’s small, open economy in 2020, a year during which Tallinn will also have to restore trust in a banking sector tarnished by allegations of massive money laundering.

Latvian retail sales return to growth in November

bne IntelliNews January 6, 2020

The November gain ends a short two-month streak during which retail turnover fell in Latvia after 45 months of uninterrupted growth. The weaker performance is in line with forecasts of a slowdown in economic growth in 2019.

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