Latvia: pressure on cost increase to be enormous

Pressure on the increase of costs in the next several years will be enormous, and there are worries about the government’s ability to withstand that, said Fiscal Discipline Council’s member Andzs Ubelis. According to him, the government’s recently approved outlook on economic growth this year of 3.7% is realistic and satisfactory. Latvia’s economy is expected…

Latvia: situation with transit industry tragic

Baltic Association – Transport and Logisics President Inga Antane describes the situation with Latvia’s transit industry as tragic. Cargo volume decline has been continuing since 2012. Antane also mentions that, looking at the recent past, 2016 was one of the worst in Latvia’s transit history. It should be added that from April onward there was…

Latvia: businessmen to pay larger wages

The current market situation shows that Latvia should speed up its education reform and think about attracting additional human resources from other countries, said Latvian Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola. “We have a number of problems. We see unemployment is in decline, dropping to 7.2% in the past three years, whereas the number of employed people…

Latvia: electricity price difference with neighboring countries reduced

In recent years, Latvia has managed to reduce the electricity price difference with other Baltic neighboring countries, as reported by Enefit Chairman Janis Bethers. “Although Latvian households still pay the most for electricity, these expenses will continue declining. The price difference with Estonia, which historically has the lowest wholesale prices, has declined nearly 2-fold,” says…

Latvia: railway cargo decline significant

Latvia’s railway system is inefficient and needs to be changed so that it is possible to compete with other countries, because the tariffs Latvia has now are too high, said Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics President Inga Antane. Antane mentions experience of her colleagues: “Our colleagues in Germany made a very important political decision…

Latvia: retail trade growing in June 2017

Latvia’s retail trade volume this June, as compared with the same month of 2016, grew by 3.2%, which is slightly more than the average in the European Union, according to data from Eurostat. The most rapid retail trade growth in June was registered in Slovenia (+10.2%), followed by Croatia (+8.2%) and Slovakia (+8.1%). Estonia’s retail…

Latvia: Latvia’s bread market stabilizes

Latvia’s bread market has stabilized: demand for bread with high added value continues growing, some growth is also noted for traditional bread segments, according to analysts’ data. In Estonia and Lithuania, like Latvia, there was an increase in demand for high-quality bread. According to data from Nielsen, generally there is a slight decline (1%) on…

Latvia: GDP up in Q2 2017

In Q2 compared to the corresponding period of 2016 GDP grew by 4.1%, according to seasonally and working days non-adjusted data and by 4.8% according to seasonally and working days adjusted data. During Q2, the GDP was affected by an 8% increase in the volume of industrial production, 14% increase in construction, as well as…