Belarus: retail sales down in January-August 2016

Belarus’ retail turnover, including the public catering sector, went down by 2.9% YoY in January-August to 23.715 billion Belarusian rubles ($12.146 billion) in comparable prices, an official with the National Statistics Committee (Belstat) reported. Trade organizations accounted for 85.2%, and individual entrepreneurs and newly formed unitary companies accounted for the rest (14.8%). The trade turnover…


Ukraine: farmers have no money for sowing

Winter crops sowing has begun in Ukraine. Agricultural enterprises plan to seed winter crops on 8098 thousand ha, including 7374 thousand ha with grain crops. Thus, sowing plans are very similar to last year’s in almost all parameters. The question, whether farmers will realize their intention, is open. UkrAgroConsult believes that one of the important…


Ukraine: seaports grain exports down in September 2016

On September 12-18, Ukraine exported 596.1 thousand tons of grains from the seaports, against 819.7 thousand tons in the previous week.

In particular, wheat shipments reached 480.8 thousand tons, barley – 104.5 thousand tons, and corn – 10.8 thousand tons. (APK-Inform/Business World Magazine)

Ukraine: winter crops sowing delayed

Productive precipitations were absent in the major part of the country. Only in Volyn, Ivano-Frankovsk and Lvov regions their quantity varied from 17% to 64% of the 10-day norm (3-16 mm), in Transcarpathia region – 159% (35 mm). As a consequence of high temperatures and lack of rains, conditions for soil moisture accumulation were close…


Russia: high-altitude geophysical research aircraft completes European stratosphere studies

The Russian Myasishchev M-55 high-altitude geophysical research aircraft completed European stratosphere studies. As part of the StratoClim project in which scientists from 26 European research institutes are participating, the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) Stratosphere & Troposphere (S &T) Radar Center, also known as the Advanced Center for Atmospheric Radar Research (ACARR) has…


Russia: grain export supplies from the seaports halved

On September 12-18, the export volumes of grains from the Russian seaports reached 229.4 thousand tons, against 429.8 thousand tons shipped in the previous week.

In particular, the wheat shipments totaled 112.9 thousand tons, barley – 77.5 thousand tons, corn – 32.5 thousand tons, and peas – 6.5 thousand tons. (APK-Inform/Business World Magazine)

Russia: FATA resumes flight servicing of Turkmenistan Airlines

On September 16, on completion of the Eid al-Fitr celebration, as soon as the banking day was opened in Turkmenistan, Turkmenhowayollary (Turkmenistan Airlines) transferred cash to the accounts of the Russian air navigation service provider, FSUE “State ATM Corporation” for services previously rendered in full. All restrictions on Turkmenistan Airlines’ flights in Russian airspace have…


Estonia: Tallinn rated second most attractive cruise destination in the Baltic Sea region

Estonia’s capital Tallinn was named a Top-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Cruise Destination in Cruise Critic’s first-ever Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. According to the Cruise Critic’s consumer feedback submitted on the Cruise Critic website over the past year the top 5 destinations of the Baltic Sea region are: 1. St. Petersburg; 2. Tallinn; 3. Stockholm; 4.…