Latvia: farming efficiency on the rise

With increased investments, Latvian farmers have managed to increase efficiency in the industry, a bank survey showed. According to the results of a survey performed by Swedbank, in 2017 farmers plan to invest money in grain dryers and towers, in updating machinery and buying agricultural land. “It is positive that farmers recognize that new technological…

Latvia: retail trade turnover up in May 2017

Compared to May 2016, total retail trade turnover rose by 3.8% in May 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 2.4% and turnover of retail trade in non-food products grew by 4.8%. The most significant growth in turnover in the non-food product group was recorded in retail sale of information and communication…

Latvia: forest regeneration costs down in 2016

In 2016 the average forest regeneration costs, depending on the forest land quality group, varied between 551 and 600 euros per hectare. In 2015, these costs constituted 620-687 EUR/ha. The forest regeneration costs include expenditure on soil preparation, small sapling expenses and planting costs, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia. In…

Latvia to introduce electronic working time tracking in construction

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Commission has expressed unanimous conceptual support for amendments to the Law on Taxes and Duties. These amendments provide for the introduction of electronic working time tracking system in construction, Saeima’s press-service reported. Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola told members of the Saeima that a solution for electronic working time tracking was achieved…

Latvia: potential of business service centers remains unexplored

The role of international business service centers keeps increasing in the global economy. In Latvia, however, their potential remains largely unexplored, says New Hanza City project’s developer Pillar representative Guntars Cauna. Business centers’ specifics are dictated by their functions, says Cauna. The most common functions are accounting or wage management, data processing and functions that…

Latvia: consumer prices up in May 2017

Compared to May 2016, the average level of consumer prices increased by 2.8% in May 2017. Prices of goods grew by 2.6% and prices of services by 3.6%. Compared to May 2016, the greatest pressure on the price changes was put by the rise in prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages, goods and services related…

Latvia: industrial production output up in April 2017

Compared to April 2016, industrial production output increased by 9.6% in April 2017. Industrial production output in manufacturing grew by 6.2%, in mining and quarrying by 20.7%, and in electricity and gas supply by 18.8%. Increase in manufacturing was significantly affected by the rise in manufacture of electrical equipment (by 31.9%), manufacture of computer, electronic…

Latvia: April 2017 retail trade turnover up

Compared to April 2016, total retail trade turnover rose by 2.8% in April 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 1.7% and turnover of retail trade in non-food products grew by 4%. The most significant growth in turnover in the non-food product group was recorded in retail sale of information and communication…