Latvia: bread consumption down in 2018

There was a slight drop in bread consumption in Latvia last year, according to Latvian Bakers’ Association board chairman Karlis Zemess. He says the bread market is not stable and that it has a tendency to decline due to the reducing bread consumption, which in turn is caused by the ongoing population decline, promotion of…

Kazakhstan: food prices up in December 2018

In December 2018, food prices in Kazakhstan increased by 5.1% YoY, the Statistics Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of National Economy reported. Last year, baked goods, cereals, meat, fish and seafood, dairy products, eggs, oils and fats, sugar, confectionery, alcohol-free and alcoholic beverages rose in price, whereas fruit and vegetables became cheaper. Regarding cereal products,…

Ukraine: Army receives 50 warplanes and helicopters in 2018

The state-run military-industrial Concern Ukroboronprom in 2018 transferred 50 aircraft and helicopters to the Ukrainian Army, after their upgrade and repair performed by Ukraine’s aviation industry cluster, which included 16 enterprises, all part of the concern. The list includes Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters, Su-25 attack aircraft, Su-24 strike aircraft, An-26 and Il-76 transport aircraft, L-39…

Estonia: November 2018 industrial production up

According to the information released by Statistics Estonia morning, the production of industrial enterprises increased by 8% YoY in November 2018, with production increasing in manufacturing and energy, but decreasing in mining. Total production in manufacturing in November 2018 increased by 8%, with over half of all industry branches exceeding its 2017 November volumes. This…

Uzbekistan: exports to Ukraine to increase

In 2019, Uzbekistan plans to increase exports to Ukraine to $220 million and resume flights between Tashkent and Kiev. The announcement was made by the Uzbek Ambassador to Ukraine Alisher Abdualiyev. In addition, it is planned to develop projects to attract direct investments of $10 million in Uzbekistan for the production of pharmaceutical products. It…

Estonia: retail turnover up in November 2018

According to information released by Statistics Estonia, in November 2018, the turnover of retail trade enterprises totaled EUR 604 million, accelerating from 3% growth YoY in October to 5% growth at constant prices. The turnover of stores selling manufactured goods increased by 10% YoY. Turnover increased in most economic activities, except in stores selling second-hand…

Lithuania: additional missiles bought

Lithuania has acquired additional combat and training missiles for the Norwegian medium-range aid defense systems NASAMS it is buying from Norway, Lithuania’s Ministry of National Defense said. Due to security reasons, the ministry does not disclose either the volume of the additional missiles, or the price, only saying that the total value of the purchase,…

Estonia: Port of Tallinn welcomes Christmas Cruise

On December 25, 2018 the vessel Baltic Princess brought Finnish tourists on a Christmas-themed cruise to enjoy the Christmas Spirit in Tallinn, the Port of Tallinn says in a press release. “Winter cruises are a good opportunity to enjoy besides the usual sights of Tallinn, several Christmas-themed activities and explore the Estonian Christmas season customs,”…

Ukraine: state debt up in November 2018

Ukraine’s state and government-guaranteed debt in November grew by 0.6%, or by $0.44 billion, to $74.76 billion. The amount of the debt in the hryvnia equivalent increased by 1.4%, or by UAH 29.4 billion, to UAH 2.122 trillion, the Ukrainian Finance Ministry said. Since the beginning of the year, the country’s state debt in the…