Consumer confidence of Ukrainians in March 2018 improved by 2.3 points, to 57.7 compared to the February figures after a negative trend in January and February, according to data from GfK Ukraine. According to the report, in March Ukrainians were optimistic about the stability of the national currency: the devaluation expectations index showed the greatest dynamics and fell by 9.9 points, to 149.9. GfK Ukraine also notes that in March the index of propensity to consume rose by 6.8 points compared to February (to 65.2), while the index of expected changes in personal financial standing was up by 4.3 points (to 58.8).
“The most positive dynamics of the index of propensity to consume and the index of expected changes in personal financial standing has been recorded in the large cities (over 500,000 residents),” GfK Ukraine analysts commented.
In March, Ukrainians were also optimistic about inflationary processes: the index of inflationary expectations fell by 4.2, to 183, GfK Ukraine said. GfK Ukraine has been surveying households to determine consumer confidence in Ukraine since June 2000. Some 1,000 respondents are polled.
PrJSC European Insurance Alliance (Kyiv) in January-March 2018 collected UAH 40.348 million of net premiums, which is 25.8% more compared to the same period in 2017. According to a company report in the information disclosure system of the National Commission on Securities and the Stock Market, the volume of signed premiums was UAH 49.770 million (an increase of 11%). Premiums worth UAH 8.674 million were transferred to reinsurance against UAH 8.914 million for the same period of 2017 (2.7% down).
During this period insurance claim fee payments rose by 38.4%, to UAH 21.135 million. The net profit of the company for the first three months amounted to UAH 1.135 million, while for the same period a year earlier some UAH 790,000.
According to official reports, the administrative expenses of the company amounted to UAH 5.087 million, which is 3.8% less than in the three months of 2017. PrJSC European Insurance Alliance has been working in the insurance market since September 1994. There are 17 structural divisions in Kyiv and the regions of Ukraine.
Real wages in Ukraine in March 2018 compared to March 2017 increased by 9.5%, compared to February 2018 by 5.9%, the State Statistics Service has said. The average nominal wage of full-day workers in March 2018 compared to February 2018 increased by 7.1%, in annual terms rose by 24.1%, amounting to UAH 8,382, whereas in February it was UAH 7,828, January some UAH 7,711. According to the statistics, the largest increase in the average salary of full-day workers in March 2018 compared with March 2017 was observed in Dnipropetrovsk (30.4%), Zhytomyr (26.7%), Zakarpattia (27.7%), Poltava (26.4%), Zaporizhia (26.2%), Cherkasy (25.4%), Vinnytsia and Chernivtsi (25.1%), Lviv (24.3%), Sumy (24.6%), Ternopil regions (24.1%), and Kyiv (21.6%).
Wage growth in Donetsk and Luhansk regions (excluding part of the uncontrolled territories) was 25.5% and 19.1% respectively.
The highest level of wages in the past month was recorded in Kyiv at UAH 13,388, the lowest one in Ternopil region at UAH 6,394.
In March 2018 compared to the same month in 2017 wages grew in the sphere of state administration and defense, compulsory social insurance (by 41.7%), financial and insurance activities (30%), administrative and support services (29.1%), industry (26.7%), wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (23.4%), education and construction (21.3%), real estate operations (19.8%), rural economy, forestry and fishery (19.7%), transport enterprises, warehousing, postal and courier activities (19.1%), temporary accommodation and catering (18.5%), health care and social assistance (18.4%), professional, scientific and technical activities (16.8%), information and telecommunications (14.3%), in the sphere of art, sports, entertainment and recreation (13.7%).
Public joint-stock company Ukrplastic (Kyiv), the leading manufacturer of flexible plastic packaging for consumer goods in Eastern Europe, plans to increase sales by 10% in 2018, to UAH 2.233 billion. This is outlined in a company annual report for 2017. “In 2018, the development of the company will first aim at retaining financial stability, expanding the range of flexible packages and developing the new market segments,” the company said.
According to the report, in 2017, net revenue fell by 4.7%, to UAH 2.03 billion, and net profit grew by 6%, to UAH 137.26 million. Gross profit shrank by 29.8%, to UAH 346.03 million, and operating profit grew by 10%, to UAH 437.77 million.
Ukrplastic produces flexible packaging materials for the food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and other industries. According to the report, in 2017, the release of packaging materials by trademarks amounted to: BIPAN – 1,340 tonnes, VIPAN – 589 tonnes, ALPAN -7,150 tonnes, SOLAN – 10,28o tonnes, and TWISPAN – 3,730 tonnes.
PJSC Ukrplastic represents the Immer Group in Ukraine.