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Country Report Latvia Country Report Latvia - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Latvia

The flash composite purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the euro zone jumped to 54 in July, up from a six-month low of 52.4 in June (anything above 50 indicates expansion). The jump in the composite...

July 2014
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Country Report Rwanda

Rwanda's president, Paul Kagame, has appointed the former public service and labour minister, Anastase Murekezi, as his new prime minister, replacing Pierre Habumuremyi, who has held the post since...

July 2014
Country Report Mexico Country Report Mexico - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Mexico

In May the seasonally adjusted Global Economic Activity Index (IGAE, a proxy for real GDP) declined by 0.12%. On a year-on-year basis, it increased by 1.4% The May decline in the IGAE followed a...

July 2014
Country Report Nigeria Country Report Nigeria - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Nigeria

At least 82 people have been killed in two suicide bombings in a northern Nigerian city, one targeted at an opposition party leader and another at a prominent Muslim cleric. The attack in Kaduna...

July 2014
Country Report Nicaragua Country Report Nicaragua - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Nicaragua

Economic activity data from the Banco Central de Nicaragua (BCN, the Central Bank) indicate that monthly output expanded by 3% year on year in May, a marked drop from average first-quarter output growth...

July 2014
Country Report Algeria Country Report Algeria - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Algeria

Algeria plans to increase hydrocarbons production to 225m tonnes of oil equivalent (toe) in 2018 from 195m toe in 2013, a 15% rise, according to a report by the government news agency, Algérie Presse...

July 2014
Country Report Panama Country Report Panama - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Panama

The administration of the president, Juan Carlos Varela, is evaluating an increase in electricity tariffs, as it has been forced by rising power generation costs and fiscal restrictions to continue...

July 2014
Country Report Japan Country Report Japan - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Japan

Japan's ¥822bn (US$80.6bn) customs trade deficit in June was four and half times the size of the shortfall in the year-earlier period, as the value of exports declined by 2% year on year. The trade...

July 2014
Country Report Tunisia Country Report Tunisia - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Tunisia

Tunisia's political parties have signed an agreement to work for open and credible elections later this year. The "pact of honour" has been signed by representatives of 23 political parties, including...

July 2014
Country Report Bahamas Country Report Bahamas - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Bahamas

On July 23rd the government published proposed legislation for a value-added tax (VAT) to be introduced from January 1st 2015, at a rate of 7.5%. The implementation of the VAT had originally been...

July 2014
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Country Report Iran

Iran has expressed its support for Hamas as Israel attacks Gaza. In reiterating support for Palestinian groups facing Israel's offensive in Gaza, Iran is distancing itself from conservative Arab...

July 2014
Country Report Iraq Country Report Iraq - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Iraq

A veteran Kurdish member of parliament (MP), Fouad Masoum, was elected president on July 24th. The Iraqi parliament is finally making some progress towards forming a government. Following the election...

July 2014
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Country Report Singapore

The consumer price index was up by 1.8% year on year in June, easing from an increase of 2.7% in May, according to data published by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS, the central bank) and the...

July 2014
Country Report Botswana Country Report Botswana - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Botswana

Preliminary estimates indicate that GDP grew by 5.2% year on year in the first quarter, supported by the mining sector amid slowing non-mining growth. This was down from 5.8% in full-year 2013. A...

July 2014
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Country Report Tanzania

Tanzania's current-account deficit reached US$4.94bn in the year ending May 2014, up 24% on the year-earlier period, according to data released by the Bank of Tanzania (BoT, the central bank) in mid-July. The...

July 2014
Country Report Uruguay Country Report Uruguay - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Uruguay

At the regular quarterly meeting of the monetary policy committee of the Banco Central del Uruguay (BCU, the Central Bank) in mid-July, the annual target range for the money supply (expanded M1) was...

July 2014
Country Report Costa Rica Country Report Costa Rica - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Costa Rica

The fiscal deficit widened to 2.6% of officially estimated GDP in June, while the government maintains its position of leaving a comprehensive fiscal reform until the middle of its term. Compared...

July 2014
Country Report Ecuador Country Report Ecuador - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report Ecuador

The unemployment rate for the three months ending in June 2014 was 4.65% of the economically active population, up from 3.9% a year earlier, according to the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos...

July 2014
Country Report South Korea Country Report South Korea - Product Thumbnail Image

Country Report South Korea

On July 24th the Ministry of Strategy and Finance announced a W41trn (US$40bn) package to stimulate growth in business spending, as well as tax measures to reboot stalled personal-income growth. The...

July 2014
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Country Report Hong Kong

Figures published by the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department on July 24th show that the territory's exports were up by 11.4% year on year in June, to HK$309bn (US$39.9bn), with imports up by...

July 2014
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