Estonia: Latvenergo enters gas market

Latvenergo’s energy trading company in Estonia – Elektrum Eesti – has commenced selling natural gas to business clients, as confirmed by the company. Elektrum Eesti is the second largest electrical energy trader in Estonia. Now it will also start selling natural gas in addition to electricity, expanding the company’s services. The company will offer gas…

Turkmenistan: ADB forecast for GDP growth unchanged

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has kept the forecast for GDP growth in Turkmenistan at 6.5%, according to the “Asian Development Outlook 2017 Update: Sustaining Development Through Public-Private Partnership”. According to the bank’s forecast, the economy of Turkmenistan will grow by 6.5% in 2018. Meanwhile, the ADB lowered its forecast for inflation in Turkmenistan for…

Latvia: construction costs up in August 2017

Compared to July, the level of construction costs in Latvia grew by 0.1% in August. Maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment rose by 0.4%, labor remuneration of workers decreased by 0.1%, whereas prices of building materials did not change significantly. Compared to August 2016, construction costs increased by 2.3%. Labor remuneration of workers…

Azerbaijan: economy to grow in 2018

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) expects that Azerbaijan’s GDP growth will be 1% in 2018, according to the “Asian Development Outlook 2017 Update: Sustaining Development Through Public-Private Partnership”. Azerbaijan’s GDP growth rate decreased by 3.8% in 2016. The ADB expects that the recession will continue in 2017, but its pace will slow down. Thus, according…

Estonia: government approves 2018 state budget

The Estonian government at an extraordinary meeting on September 27 approved the 2018 state budget bill, which set out the first ever Estonian state budget to exceed EUR 10 billion. This marks the first full-length budget of the coalition government that took office in November 2016. The activities financed from the budget support the four…

Ukraine: bread price up in September 2017

Prices of bread made of rye and wheat in Ukraine rose by 20.9% YoY in September, according to a member of the Economic Discussion Club Oleh Pendzin. “Prices of first-grade flour increased by 12% from September 2016 to September 2017, those of rye flour climbed by 4.5%, while the price of bread made from first-grade…