Georgia: economy down in April 2020

Estimated real gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 16.6% YoY in April and by 3.6% in the first four months of 2020, showed the latest data from the National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat). In April estimated real growth compared to the same period of the previous year was negative in almost all activities. Growth…

Estonia: GDP down in Q1 2020

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 0.7% YoY in the first quarter of 2020, figures released by state agency Statistics Estonia showed. GDP at current prices stood at EUR 6.5 billion. Value added grew by 2%, Statistics Estonia reported, driven primarily by information and communication and construction. Economic growth was hindered mainly by the energy…

Ukraine: average salary up in April 2020

In April, the average nominal salary in Ukraine amounted to UAH 10,430, up by 1.6% YoY, according to the State Statistics Service. “The average nominal salary of a full-time employee of enterprises, institutions and organizations made up UAH 10,430 in April, up 2.2-fold from the minimum wage (UAH 4,723). The average nominal salary decreased by…

Ukraine: investments in economy down in Q1 2020

In the first quarter of 2020, investments in Ukraine’s economy decreased by 29% and in the agriculture sector – by 35.3%, Oleksandr Zakharchuk, Head of the Investment, Material and Technical Resources Department at the National Research Center “Institute of Agrarian Economics” (IAE), stated referring to data released by the State Statistics Service. “In January-March, total…

Ukraine: economy to fall by 6-7% in 2020

Ukraine’s economy could contract by 6-7% in 2020, Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) Dmytro Sologub has said. “Based on the data on the decline in the first quarter, industrial production and transport in April, I think the decline may be more severe than expected. Accordingly, if we transfer the dynamics to…

Armenia: economic activity down in April 2020

Economic activity in Armenia shrank by 17.2% YoY in April, data from the National Statistical Service revealed. Economic activity has contracted as a result of a lockdown imposed in mid-March in a bid to curb the Covid-19 outbreak. Though the state of emergency has been extended, most restrictions have been removed. In the reporting period,…

Ukraine: sales of services down in Q1 2020

Services worth UAH 227 billion were sold in Ukraine in January-March, down by 1.7% YoY, according to the State Statistics Service. “In the first quarter of 2020, the volume of services provided by enterprises in the field of consumer services amounted to UAH 227 billion, or 98.3% of the volume provided in the relevant quarter…

Ukraine: unemployment up in May 2020

State Employment Service said the number of unemployed in Ukraine grew by 64% YoY as of May 20, to 501,000 people. At the same time, the number of vacancies is 51,000. This is almost 55% fewer than last year, the report said. The average wage for existing vacancies is UAH 7,000 ($262). Today there is…