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Hungary: Another Base Rate Cut

Hungary´s National Bank (MNB) has cut the base rate from 4.00% to 3.80%. This is a new record low. Nevertheless, MNB was expected to decide a lower cut.

August 31, 2013

Poland: Economy Begins to Accelerate

In the third quarter of 2013, Poland´s economy will grow by 1.0% year on year.

August 31, 2013

Czech Republic: GDP to Shrink Further

The Czech Republic will not leave the recession behind soon. The economic forecasts had to be revised again.

August 31, 2013

Austrian Economy Minister: “No Time for Idle Complacency”

Austrian Minister of Economics and former general secretary of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO), Reinhold Mitterlehner avoids any dispute with Christoph Leitl, President of WKO but signals a different opinion.

August 27, 2013

Russia: Disappointed About Joining WTO

A year ago, Russia joined the World Trade Organization (WTO). However, the country is not satisfied with the results despite of having negotiated about joining for 19 years.

August 26, 2013

Erdogan Considers Leaving U.N.

Turkey´s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan puts pressure on the United Nations. The representation of the Security Council is not balanced, Erdogan criticizes.

August 26, 2013

Turkey: Capital Outflow Endangers Economic Stability

The monetary and economic stability is under enormous pressure. Turkey´s National Bank does not have sufficient reserve to support the Turkish lira.

August 24, 2013

CESEE Faces Economic Recovery

According to Moody´s, the economic outlook for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe is positive. Nevertheless, the recovery is still fragile.

August 24, 2013

Faymann: Joint Combat against Unemployment

During a meeting with Slovenian Prime Minister Bratusek and Croatian Prime Minister Milanovic and Austria’s second biggest city Graz, Austrian Chancellor Faymann pointed out the governments’ key tasks.

August 23, 2013

Poland: Budget Amendment Passed in Parliament

In order to adapt to the slow economic growth the government has amended the budet by permitting this year’s budget deficit to increase to PLN 16bn as well as approving PLN in spending cut, as announced at a press conferenced on Tuesday.

August 21, 2013

Ukraine Remains in a Recession for a Year

In the second quarter of 2013 GDP contracted by 1.1 percent on a year-on-year comparison basis.

August 20, 2013

Ukraine Reduces Imports of Gas by 35 Percent

From January to June 2013, Ukraine was able to reduce gas import by more than 35 percent compared to the same period last year, according to Ukrainian Statistics Service.

August 16, 2013

Russia Blocks Imports from Ukraine

Kyiv demands to immediately remove bureaucratic obstacles.

August 16, 2013

Romania: GDP Slowed Down in Second Quarter 2013

Romania: GDP slowed down in Q2, as expected by RBI.

August 16, 2013

Czech Republic to Crawl out of Recession

In the second quarter the Czech economy grew by 0.7 percent compared to the first quarter.

August 15, 2013

Wifo: Minor Growth in Second Quarter 2013

According to a current flash estimate by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (Wifo), the Austrian economy grew by 0.2 percent in real terms in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the previous period.

August 14, 2013

Leitl: Positive Export Development Despited of Economically Difficult Times

The Austrian economy should, according to the President of WKO, focus export growth in third countries and distant markets.

August 10, 2013

Austria: Significant Drop in Trade Deficit

A drop of 3.2 percent in imports and an increase of 1.1 percent in exports from January to May 2013 make the trade deficit decrease by more than € 2bn.

August 9, 2013

Poland: Trade Deficit Estimates Lowered by Ministry

Deficit estimate for 2013 reduced to EUR 3.9bn by Polish Ministry of Economy

August 8, 2013

Czech Republic: Foreign Trade Shrinks

In June 2013, according to preliminary data of ‘cross−border statistics’, exports and imports at current prices decreased by 2.5% and 4.8%, year-on-year (y−o−y), respectively.

August 6, 2013

Serbia: Moderate Upward Trend

In the first three months, Serbia´s GDP was up by 0.5%. However, domestic demand is still declining.

August 6, 2013

Slovenia: Economic Sentiment Stabilizes

This year, Slovenia will not be able to leave the recession behind. However, the economic sentiment begins to improve in some sectors.

August 5, 2013

Croatia: Upwsing Depends on Return of Investors

Vedrana Jelusic, head of EBRD Croatia, thinks that Croatia benefits from the joining the EU. Introducing the euro is no issue yet, she told “Wirtschaftsblatt”.

August 3, 2013

Poland: Slow, but Steady Progress

Poland´s National Bank anticipates a longer term of interest rate stabilization. The economic trend reversal will come in the third quarter, rate setter Andrzej Bratkowski stated.

August 2, 2013

Cautious Optimism in Slovakia

The economic outlook for Slovakia brightens slightly. The export-oriented country benefits from the stabilization in the Eurozone.

August 2, 2013

Hungary: Exports Growing Moderately

External trade showed a surplus of EUR 641 million in May.

August 2, 2013

Significant Increase in Serbian Exports

Serbia's exports rose 6% and imports 4.1%.

August 1, 2013

Zumtobel Takes Over Chinese Affiliate

Listed light manufacturer Zumtobel Group has taken over the stakes of joint-venture partner Thorn Lighting Tianjin Limited.

July 29, 2013

Austria: Increased Demand in Romanian Exports

For the first time, Austria has imported goods from Romania exceeding the amount of € 1bn. Metals and machines are on top of the list of imported Austrian goods in Romania.

July 24, 2013

Russia: Inflation on the Rise

In the first six months of 2013, the inflation rate came at 3.5%. Compared to the reference period of 2012, the inflation rate was up by 0.4 percentage points.

July 23, 2013

Turkish National Bank Raises Base Rate

Today, Turkey´s National Bank has increased the base rate from 6.5% to 7.25%. Turkey wants to prevent a devaluation of the lira.

July 23, 2013

Poland: Economic Trend Reversal Likely

In the 1st half of 2013, together with still unfavourable business tendencies on global markets, the economic slowdown maintained in Poland. However, forecasts give reason for cautious optimism..

July 23, 2013

Russia: Recession Not Excluded Anymore

Above all, Russia suffers from a shrinking industrial sector and a decline in foreign direct investments.

July 22, 2013

EU: Current Account with Russia Deep in the Red

EU27 current account surplus came at € 29.1 bn in the first quarter of 2013.

July 18, 2013

Russian Economy Shows Insufficient Diversification

The Russian economy is primarily based on commodities, economists at the Moscow Higher School of Economics report. In the medium term, Russia has no growth potential, the experts say.

July 18, 2013

Austrian Industrial Sector Fears Drop in Exports

In the first five months of 2012, Austrian exports were only up by 3%. The outlook is rather gloomy. The Austrian Chamber of Commerce demonstrates pessimism.

July 18, 2013

Turkey Considers Economic Re-Orientation

The Turkish government wants to shift its economic focus from Europe to Asia.

July 18, 2013

Serbian Foreign Trade Still Highly Negative

Current Account Deficit to fall below 7% of GDP in 2013, the Serbian National Bank reports.

July 17, 2013

Austria: Consumer Confidence Negative

Today, Bank Austria has published its monthly economic indicator. Domestic demand will not grow this year, Bank Austria says.

July 16, 2013

Poland: Economic Upswing not before 2014

Poland´s National Bank NBP expects that the country´s economic performance will not improve visibly this year.

July 16, 2013

Russia to Reduce Oil Export

Russia produces more oil which is increasingly used in the country itself. Refineries outside of Russia do not fear immediate bottlenecks in the supply of oil.

July 11, 2013

Spindelegger: Fitness Program for Austria

Austrian economy supposed to be boosted by reforms of “Unternehmen Österreich 2025, and a rejection of new taxes.

July 10, 2013

Austria: Moderate Economic Upturn

After one year of a phase of stagnation, the Austrian economy shows recovery, according to the results of economic indicator by the OeNB (Austrian National Bank).

July 5, 2013

CEE Slowly Escapes Economic Crisis

Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic have slipped into recession. Experts are particularly worried about the newest EU member.

July 4, 2013

CESEE: GDP Growth in 2013 Weakest Since 2009

CESEE financial markets influenced by global liquidity debate.

July 4, 2013

Crisis in Slovenia Might Take Longer Than Expected

According to the latest economic report by auditing firm Ernst&Young;, the financial crisis in Slovenia will take longer than expected beforehand. However, the country should still be able to avoid international bailout.

July 1, 2013

Austria: WIFO and IHS to Adjust Growth Perspectives Downwards

Experts at the Austrian Institute for Economic Research (WIFO) and the Institute for Higher Studies (HIS) have significantly cut their prognoses for the growth of domestic economy in 2013. However, both institutes are still optimistic for 2014.

June 28, 2013

Leitl: „Austrian Enterprises Need Further Growth Impulses“

The Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO) commits to budget consolidation but growth is the basis for a balanced state budget.

June 27, 2013

Mitterlehner: Romania Offers New Chances for Austrian Economy

Austrian Economy Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner met his Romanian counterpart Varujan Vosganian in Vienna.

June 25, 2013

Rosneft to Supply China Over 25 Years

Russia’s Rosneft agreed to double oil supplies to China, in a deal worth $ 270bn.

June 24, 2013