Ukraine: Oschadbank and PrivatBank join state program on affordable loans

The Entrepreneurship Development Fund has signed agreements with JSC Oschadbank and PJSC CB PrivatBank on the implementation of the state program “Affordable Loans at 5-7-9%”, according to the Finance Ministry. “On January 31, Oschadbank signed an agreement with the Entrepreneurship Development Fund to participate in the state program ‘Affordable Loans at 5-7-9%,” reads the report.…

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Georgia: economy up in December 2019

Georgian gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 3.8% YoY in December 2019, showed the latest data from the National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat). In December 2019 the estimated real growth compared to the same period of the previous year occurred in the following sectors: manufacturing, transport and storage, wholesale and retail trade; repair of…

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Latvia: rising labor costs among retailers’ chief challenges

This year’s biggest challenges for retailers will include the decline of numbers of residents and buyer, as well as growing labor force costs, says Swedbank economist Agnese Buceniece. “The change of buyers’ habits and e-commerce remain notable challenges and impressive opportunities at the same time,” says the expert. “International observations show that e-commerce development is…

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