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Faced with strong growth, rising inflationary pressure and soaring consumer credit growth, Colombia’s central bank responded on Friday by raising lending rates once again.
For the second time in as many months, the bank upped its benchmark interest rates by 25 basis points to 5.25 percent, bucking the trend in the region, which has been to hold or cut rates. Continue reading »
Nothing says confidence in future economic growth like laying out real money to build new shops – something that some of Poland’s leading retail operations are currently busy doing.
LPP, Poland’s largest publicly traded clothing retailer, is planning to spend 150m zlotys ($48m) to add 163 shops to its central European retail network by 2013 – bringing the total for the Gdansk-based retailer up to 1,055 locations. Continue reading »
Inflation in Vietnam fell for a sixth consecutive month in February to an 11-month low, figures released on Friday showed.
That’s stoked speculation that the country’s central bank will reduce interest rates: according to Bloomberg, the yield on benchmark five-year bonds fell 34bp during the day, the biggest one-day drop since March 2010. Capital Economics also expects an easing of monetary policy to support growth. But too big a rate cut, it warns, could damage Vietnam’s fragile economy. Continue reading »
A fascinating insight into central and eastern European markets on Friday: Slovakia has issued a bond denominated in Czech crowns in a private placement to tap demand from across the (formerly non-existent) border.
Slovakia sold 12.5bn crowns (€500m) of a floating rate bond priced at six-month Pribor – the Czech interbank rate, currently 1.5 per cent a year – plus 150 basis points. That’s comparable with similar, Slovak, euro-denominated bonds. So what’s the appeal? Continue reading »
Cove shares leapt by up to 25 per cent to over 240p – well above PTT Exploration’s 220p bid and Shell’s 195p offer – as investors bet on other potential buyers emerging or Shell raising its price. Whatever happens, PTT’s move shows that Chinese and Indian companies are not the only EM players in the global natural resources game. Continue reading »
There may be no obvious link with central Europe but the crisis in Syria is having a knock-on effect in Budapest.
Mol, the Hungarian oil and gas group, said on Friday the turmoil in Syria contributed to the company’s difficulties in the fourth quarter of 2011, when revenues from its Syrian hydrocarbon production were blocked under sanctions applied by the EU. Continue reading »
So oil is on the up. And emerging markets have oil – and lots of it. But does buying emerging markets oil and gas stocks give a better return than simply investing in Brent crude, or investing in the energy majors?
EPFR, the fund flow monitor, recorded inflows of $701m into EM fixed income funds in the week to Wednesday, continuing the dramatic reversal this year after 2011′s outflows. And Royal Bank of Scotland expects Tuesday’s Greek bail-out to sustain this optimism for some time yet. Continue reading »
IT outsourcing is one of India’s greatest economic successes. But its expansion has created political tensions with the developed world, not least over jobs. R. Chandrasekaran, chief executive of Cognizant, tells the FT’s James Crabtree that the future lies in innovation.
Not so for Asus, the Taiwanese PC maker, which on Friday reported a 23 per cent increase in sales in the fourth quarter of last year compared to a year earlier, and a 21 per cent rise in net profits. Likewise, Lenovo on Thursday also reported a hefty sales increase. Continue reading »
Friday’s picks from the beyondbrics team: why an emboldened Russian middle class threatens Putin’s election prospects; the clamour for Western intervention in Syria is growing; why plans to create regional governments in Somalia are good news; and is India’s education system letting down its abundant young workers?Continue reading »
On Friday, economy minister Elvira Nabiullina was quoted by Interfax news agency saying that GDP growth in January was 3.9 per cent year-on-year, down from 4 per cent in December and 4.3 per cent in the whole of 2011. One holiday-oriented month is not on its own of critical significance – but the trend is clear. Continue reading »
The price of subsidized petrol in Indonesia could rise by up to a third if the government follows through on plans discussed by ministers this week.
Cutting subsidies in an era of rising oil prices would allow the government to spend more on infrastructure – which the country desperately needs – but the cuts are not without risk. Continue reading »
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