Estonia: retail trade turnover up in February 2019

According to Statistics Estonia, the turnover of retail trade enterprises increased by 5% at constant prices in February compared to the same month last year, reaching EUR 527.5 million. The turnover of shops selling manufactured goods increased by 6%. The greatest increase was reported for shops selling textiles, clothing and footwear, with sales increasing by…

Kazakhstan: 60,000 people to be provided with gas

Vice Minister of Energy Magzum Mirzagaliyev informed about preliminary results of the country’s gasification and plans for the future. “As for gasification, in 2014 we adopted the country’s general gasification scheme that reflected priority areas and domestic demand in gas. The general gasification scheme is financed from the national budget, national operators’ revenues and other…

Ukraine: Bogdan Corporation manufactures first bus body for France’s Bluebus

Kyiv-based Bogdan Corporation, one of Ukraine’s major motor vehicles manufacturers, has manufactured the first 18-meter bus body for electric buses of Bluebus, a French manufacturer of environment-friendly public transport vehicles, as part of a new contract signed earlier this year. “Partnership with European companies is an important vector of the corporation’s development, which seeks to…

Uzbekistan: Central Bank suspends nine commercial banks from trading on currency exchange

Nine commercial banks of Uzbekistan have been suspended from participation in currency trading “due to systematic violations related to transactions on the currency exchange”, the Central Bank of Uzbekistan reported. Hamkorbank, Turkiston Bank, HayTek Bank, Universal Bank, Invest Finance Bank, Ipak Yuli Bank, Savdogarbank, Trust Bank and Asia Alliance Bank were among those removed. “Measures…

Latvia: construction costs up in February 2019

Compared to January, the level of construction costs in Latvia rose by 0.4% in February. Maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment increased by 0.8%, prices of building materials by 0.5%, while labor remuneration of workers decreased by 0.1%. In February, the average level of construction costs was mainly influenced by an increase in…

Ukraine: state debt down in February 2019

Ukraine’s state and government-guaranteed debt, estimated in U.S. dollars, shrank by 0.02%, or by $10 million, to $78.24 billion, in February. The debt in the hryvnia equivalent over the period under review fell by 2.8%, or by UAH 60.02 billion ($2.2 billion), to UAH 2.112 trillion (nearly $78.3 billion), according to the Ukrainian Finance Ministry’s…

Azerbaijan: rail freight turnover to increase

The volume of freight turnover of railway transport in Azerbaijan is planned to be increased to 5.3 ton-kilometers in 2019, or by 17.7% YoY. According to government forecasts, the turnover will increase in subsequent years. As such, this figure will stand at 5.9 billion ton-kilometers in 2020, 6.6 billion ton-kilometers in 2021, and 7.4 billion…

Georgia: wine masterclass held in Japan

Sommeliers, distributors, restaurant and hospitality sector representatives attended a Georgian wine masterclass held in the Japanese city of Naha, announces the National Wine Agency of Georgia. About 60 guests attended the masterclass, where they had the opportunity to taste seven varieties of Georgian wine. An exhibition called “Georgia – Homeland of Wine” is taking place…

Ukraine: unemployment rate declining

In the fourth quarter of 2018, the number of registered unemployed in Ukraine decreased by 100 thousand people compared with the fourth quarter of 2017, and the unemployment rate shrank by 0.6%, the State Statistics Service of Ukraine reported. “According to the results of a sample survey of the population (households) on economic activity, the…

Ukraine: chocolate exports to EU up in 2018

Ukrainian producers in 2018 boosted chocolate exports to the European Union by 22.6% YoY, to EUR 41.2 million. Romania was a major buyer of Ukrainian chocolate products (4,900 tons of chocolate and cocoa products), the Pro-Consulting company’s press service said. Also, the largest buyers of Ukrainian chocolate were Hungary (2,600 tons) and Bulgaria (2,500 tons).…

Ukraine: economy constantly growing

Ukrainian economy has been growing for the longest continuous period of nine years, First Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv stated at a meeting of the Regional Development Council in Chernivtsi region. “They, the Russian authorities, hate only one person who is the commander-in-chief and who opposes…

Ukraine: seven solar power plants to be built in Zhytomyr region

Investors will build seven solar power plants in different districts of Zhytomyr region, the press service of Zhytomyr Regional State Administration has reported. “After signing memorandums of cooperation with Head of Zhytomyr Regional State Administration Ihor Hundych, investors are launching seven projects to create alternative energy sources,” the report says. In particular, industrial solar power…