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  1. beyondbrics

    August 14, 2014

    Hungary's growth: positive surprise

    Hungary’s economy expanded by 3.9 per cent in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the same quarter last year, helped by...

  2. August 10, 2014

    Pret’s private equity owner eyes China expansion

    Since Bridgepoint’s £345m leveraged buyout in 2008, Pret has successfully tested its concept of freshly baked natural food...

  1. beyondbrics

    July 22, 2014

    Hungary's interest rate cuts: that's it, for now

    The National Bank of Hungary (MNB) surprised the markets on Tuesday by lopping 20 basis points off its policy interest rate...

  2. beyondbrics

    June 27, 2014

    Bulgarian tycoon lashes out over stricken bank

    Controversial Bulgarian tycoon Tzvetan Vassilev blamed Sofia’s state prosecution service and media attacks for sparking a...

  3. beyondbrics

    June 25, 2014

    Poland: investors shrug off the scandal

    Scandal? What scandal? Despite the intrigue of wiretapped phone calls and behind-the-scenes skulduggery enveloping Poland’s...

  4. beyondbrics

    May 27, 2014

    Hungary's interest rates: the cuts go on

    It goes on, and on… and on. Hungary’s central bank trimmed its base rate once again on Tuesday – this time by a third...

  5. beyondbrics

    May 15, 2014

    Emerging Europe turns EM growth star in Q1

    Economic growth in emerging Europe surged in the first quarter as Germany’s dynamism drove manufacturing output and fears of...

  6. beyondbrics

    May 15, 2014

    Hungary's growth roars back

    The Hungarian economic comeback really is underway – or so it would seem, given the release of first quarter preliminary...

  7. beyondbrics

    April 7, 2014

    Hungary's election: more Orbanomics

    Will he, won’t he… get it? That was the question on Magyar political analysts’ lips on Monday – he being Viktor Orban,...

  8. beyondbrics

    March 25, 2014

    Hungary finds time for one last cut before the elections

    Has the Great Magyar Rate-Cutting Cycle come to an end? To many, it looks that way, following the central bank’s decision on...

  9. beyondbrics

    February 27, 2014

    Ukraine: recent history points to economic pain

    If recent examples of revolution and politcal transition are anything to go by, Ukraine is in for a nasty shock in terms of...

  10. beyondbrics

    February 3, 2014

    CEE PMIs: zooming away

    Central Europe’s leading economies have strapped on afterburners, with new manufacturing PMI data released Monday showing a...

  11. beyondbrics

    January 30, 2014

    Poland: stronger growth no help to zloty

    Poland’s economy turned in an unexpectedly strong performance last year, growing by 1.6 per cent according to data released...

  12. beyondbrics

    November 13, 2013

    CEE: the new 'Goldilocks' era?

    If the normally bearish Capital Economics is starting to sing the economic praises of central Europe it might be time to...

  13. beyondbrics

    November 7, 2013

    Czech central bank sets euro target for koruna

    The Czech koruna plunged on Thursday after the country’s central bank surprised markets by declaring a Swiss-style policy of...

  14. beyondbrics

    October 29, 2013

    Hungary: rates down to 3.4%, when will the cuts end?

    Hungary’s central bank once again cut the base rate on Tuesday – for the fifteenth consecutive month – trimming 20 basis...

  15. beyondbrics

    October 28, 2013

    Czech elections: a mess yes. But we have been here before

    Czech elections created a confusing mess, with no party – or even grouping of two parties – able to command a majority in...

  16. beyondbrics

    October 2, 2013

    Poland: steady on the rates as recovery begins

    No surprise from the National Bank of Poland’s rate-setting Monetary Policy Council on Wednesday after it decided not to...

  17. beyondbrics

    September 30, 2013

    Romania cuts rates to record low - more to come?

    Romania’s interest rates have hit a record low, but will it be enough to revive its flagging economy? As central banks in...

  18. beyondbrics

    September 3, 2013

    Poland's Tusk: "no stagnation, no recession"

    Poland’s economic slump is over – that’s the word from Donald Tusk on Tuesday at an annual economic forum in the Polish...

  19. beyondbrics

    September 2, 2013

    CEE PMIs: on the up

    Central Europe’s economies are showing strong signs of life, if the crop of manufacturing PMI data released on Monday is...

  20. beyondbrics

    July 3, 2013

    Poland makes one more rate cut as economy hints at recovery

    Poland’s central bank on Wednesday cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter point to a record low of 2.5 per cent, in...

  21. beyondbrics

    July 1, 2013

    CEE industry: green shoots

    Central Europe’s economies are showing some signs of a rebound in growth – the first decent news out of the region in months...

  22. beyondbrics

    June 25, 2013

    Hungary cuts again in spite of sell-off

    The National Bank of Hungary (MNB) cut its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 4.25 per cent on Tuesday. The move,...

  23. beyondbrics

    March 26, 2013

    Turkey: interest rate cut is another dose of 'flexible' policy

    Turkey’s central bank cut its overnight lending rate by 1 percentage point on Tuesday to 7.5 per cent but kept its overnight...

  24. beyondbrics

    March 12, 2013

    Turkey current account: a little lacking in the FDI department

    So is this where Turkey ends up? Balance of payments figures out on Tuesday show that the country had a $5.6bn current...

  25. beyondbrics

    March 11, 2013

    Czech economy: out of the trough?

    Not much of a surprise that fourth quarter Czech GDP numbers were bad. Released on Monday, they showed an annual contraction...

  26. beyondbrics

    March 11, 2013

    Egypt: inflation figures add to gloom

    Now Egypt’s on-off IMF deal has reverted to “off”, the country is back in crisis territory, as far as analysts are...

  27. beyondbrics

    March 1, 2013

    Matolcsy promises to behave

    György Matolcsy, Hungary’s new central bank governor-designate, may have earned a reputation for innovation and unorthodoxy...

  28. beyondbrics

    February 26, 2013

    Hungary's drive for growth

    Further confirmation of the Hungarian government’s all-consuming drive for growth and jobs on Tuesday, as the central bank...

  29. beyondbrics

    January 28, 2013

    Egypt unrest: enter the vicious cycle

    Two years on, and Egypt is back in crisis. Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s Islamist president, announced a month-long state of...

  30. beyondbrics

    January 22, 2013

    Turkey cuts rates, hikes RRRs, keeps options open

    Turkey cut interest rates and raised reserve requirements on Tuesday. It looks like a stylish balancing act: cut interest...

  31. beyondbrics

    January 10, 2013

    Hungary's 'catastrophic' minister

    The Hungarian forint slipped by 0.67 per cent against the euro on Thursday after Gyorgy Matolcsy, the economy minister who...

  32. beyondbrics

    January 9, 2013

    Poland cuts rates to boost growth

    embed1 As expected, the Polish central bank on Wednesday cut its benchmark interest rate for the third month in a row –...

  33. beyondbrics

    December 18, 2012

    Hungary: cut now, worry later

    The Hungarian central bank trimmed 25 basis points off the base rate on Tuesday, the fifth such easing in as many months....

  34. beyondbrics

    December 13, 2012

    Poland / CEE: inflation pulled down

    Central Europe’s slowing economies are driving down their inflation rates – the latest to post figures is Poland, where...

  35. beyondbrics

    November 20, 2012

    Turkey's interest rate balancing act

    A cautious move, or a nervous one? Turkey’s central bank cut its overnight lending rate from 9.5 per cent a year to 9 per...

  36. beyondbrics

    October 30, 2012

    Justifying Hungary's rate cut

    In line with market expectations, Hungary on Tuesday trimmed the benchmark interest rate by 25 basis to 6.25 per cent, the...

  37. October 10, 2012

    Yorkshire pud maker set to buy Abel & Cole

    William Jackson, the maker of Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire puddings, is poised to buy Abel & Cole, the organic food company. The...

  38. beyondbrics

    September 27, 2012

    Czech Republic nears the zero-bound. What next - quantitative easing?

    The Czech National Bank cut interest rates by a quarter point on Thursday – as widely expected – taking its benchmark rate...

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