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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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