German FDI in Russia the highest in a decade

Vladimir Putin opening the Mercedes-Benz plant, Moscow, Russia (President of Russia, Public domain)

Bulgaria's household expenditures increased

More newly registered vehicles in Croatia

Russia

German FDI in Russia topped EUR3bn in 2018, a record high since the 2008 financial crisis, the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce informed.

“Despite Western sanctions and Russian countersanctions, investments made by German companies into the Russian economy was at a record level since the financial crisis of 2008. At the same time, the number of German firms operating in Russia fell from over 6,000 to around 4,500 in the same period,” the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce said in its press-release.

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Bulgaria

The average annual household expenditures increased by 10.6 per cent y/y to BGN5,772 (EUR2,925) in 2018, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on Tuesday. In 2018, consumer expenditures per capita totaled BGN4,692 (EUR2,398), and were 81.3 per cent of the total household expenditures, NSI informed.

The average annual household income increased by 7.6 per cent to BGN6,013 (EUR3,074) in 2018. Wages and salaries were 55.5 per cent of the total household income, followed by pensions and self-employment income with 27.3 per cent and 7 per cent, respectively.

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Croatia

In 2018, the number of the first-time vehicle registrations in Croatia was 180,454; an increase of 41.4 per cent y/y. In total, the number of cars on Croatian roads increased 4.5 per cent y/y, reaching 2.19 million, according to the data released by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics.

70.5 per cent were the first-time registrations of used cars, and 25 per cent were new vehicles.

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What’s up in indexes

BET (of Bucharest) decreased from 8290.19 index points Monday, April 15th to 8246.54 index points Tuesday, April 16th. It’s down 0.25 per cent d/d and down 7.38 per cent y/y.

BUX (of Budapest) increased from 42816.00 index points Monday, April 15th to 42826.00 index points Tuesday, April 16th. It’s up 0.02 per cent d/d and up 11.8 per cent y/y.

OMXR (of Riga) increased from 1017.16 index points Monday, April 15th to 1021.52 index points Tuesday, April 16th. It’s up 0.43 per cent d/d and down 1.43 per cent y/y.

OMXT (of Tallinn) increased from 1249.42 index points Monday, April 15th to 1251.63 index points Tuesday, April 16th. It’s up 0.18 per cent d/d and down 0.54 per cent y/y.

OMXV (of Vilnius) decreased from 677.87 index points Monday, April 15th to 676.32 index points Tuesday, April 16th. It’s down 0.23 per cent d/d and down 4.10 per cent y/y.

PX (of Prague) decreased from 1103.02 index points Monday, April 15th to 1095.90 index points Tuesday, April 16th. It’s down 0.65 per cent d/d and down 3.58 per cent y/y.

RTS (of Moscow) increased from 1246.99 index points Monday, April 15th to 1255.45 index points Tuesday, April 16th. It’s up 0.68 per cent d/d and up 15.7 per cent y/y.

SAX (of Bratislava) increased from 345.81 index points Monday, April 15th to 346.27 index points Tuesday, April 16th. It’s up 0.13 per cent d/d and up 0.96 per cent y/y.

SOFIX (of Sofia) increased from 575.40 index points Monday, April 15th to 575.60 index points Tuesday, April 16th. It’s up 0.03 per cent d/d and down 13.18 per cent y/y.

UX (of Kyiv) closed at 1689.38 index points Tuesday, April 16th. It’s the same result as Monday’s. It’s 0 per cent change d/d and down 6.57 per cent y/y.

WIG20 (of Warsaw) increased from 2358.19 index points Monday, April 15th to 2372.18 index points Tuesday, April 16th. It’s up 0.59 per cent d/d and up 3.13 per cent y/y.

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