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HOUSING PRICES IN UKRAINE GROW IN PRIMARY MARKET BY 7.7%, IN SECONDARY MARKET BY 10.6% IN Q3

Prices in the primary housing market in Ukraine in July-September 2020 grew by 7.7% compared to the same period in 2019, in the secondary market – by 10.6%, the State Statistics Service has reported.
According to the service, the largest increase in prices in the primary housing market in the third quarter was seen for one-room apartments (by 9.3%) and three-room apartments (8.1%), while two-room apartments had risen in price by 5.9%.
In the secondary market, prices for one-room apartments (by 11.9%) and two-room (11.2%) increased the most, while prices for three-room apartments rose by 8.5%.
At the same time, according to the State Statistics Service, in the reporting period, the growth in housing prices slowed down in the primary market and accelerated in the secondary market. In particular, in the primary market housing prices increased 1.2% compared to the second quarter of 2020: (by 2% for three-room apartments, by 1.6% for one-room apartments and by 0.5% for two-room apartments). At the same time, in the second quarter compared to the first, growth accelerated by 1.8%.
On the secondary housing market in the third quarter of 2020 compared with the second, prices rose by 2.4% (by 3.1% for two-room apartments, by 2.6% – for three-room apartments, by 1.1% – for one-room apartments) , while compared with the first quarter they grew by 1.5%.
The figures are given without taking into account the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as part of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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PRICES FOR APPLES IN UKRAINE ARE HIGHEST IN LAST THREE YEARS

Prices for apples in Ukraine are now the highest in the last three years, so the average wholesale prices for apples in Ukraine range within UAH 11-13/kg, the Ukrainian Horticultural Association has reported.
According to a report on the association’s website, the season of local apples is gaining momentum in Ukraine. Ukrainian producers are actively engaged in harvesting autumn varieties of apples, respectively, the supply on the market is increasing every day. Today, the average wholesale prices for apples in Ukraine fluctuate within the range of UAH 11-13/kg. For comparison, at the beginning of September, apple producers were selling their products at 15-20% higher prices.
“Today, prices for apples in Ukraine are the highest, at least in the last three years. In the same period of 2019, local apples were sold on average UAH 1-1.5 cheaper than today, and at the end of September 2018, Ukrainian gardeners were shipping dessert apples at an average of UAH 7-8 per kg,” the union noted.
The price situation that has developed today, according to the association, was significantly influenced by the record high prices for apples at the beginning of the season: in mid-July, Ukrainian gardeners sold the first consignments of apples for UAH 20-22/kg. Another factor that affected the price situation on the apple market is the delay in the apple season by an average of 7-10 days due to unfavorable weather conditions in the country.
“Also, we note that in April and May in Ukraine several waves of frosts were recorded at once, which affected the gross yield of early varieties. Of course, losses in the segment of apples are not as significant as in the segment of apricots and cherries, nevertheless, Ukrainian producers from the central and western regions reported that crop losses reach 20-30%,” the report says.

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PRICES IN ODESA HOTELS FALL TO HISTORIC LOW

The cost of staying in three- and four-star hotels in Odesa has decreased by half compared to the same period in 2019 and averages UAH 650 per day ($24), founder of Ribas Hotels Group Artur Lupashko has told Interfax-Ukraine.
“Today, the average price in three- and four-star hotels is UAH 650 per day ($24) in Odesa. This is an unprecedented low rate over the past 20 years. In the same period last year, such a room cost at least twice as much and was three times more expensive in 2013,” Lupashko said.
According to his estimates, the expected decline in gross income and net profit of hotels will be 20-40% in 2020 compared to the indicators in 2019.
“The positive dynamics can continue in cottage-type hotels and recreation centers, which have been in high demand since April and have increased in price in some cases up to 50%. Some of them have already been booked for the whole summer by guests who, as a rule, spent the summer in Cyprus, Spain, Italy,” he said.
However, hotels do not count on guests from other countries in 2020.
“The vast majority of Belarusian tourists were in the resort budget hotels. According to information available today, guests from Belarus will not be allowed to Ukraine this year. Most likely, these may be guests from Moldova and Turkey in the second half of the year. However, the share of such tourists will be minimal and will not have significant influence on the market,” the expert said.
Ribas Hotels Group collaborates (management and booking) with 25 hotel and restaurant complex facilities (beach and ski hotels, hostels and recreation centers), two of which are its own. The company’s portfolio includes Wall Street Hotel business hotel, Bortoli city mini-hotel (all are located in Odesa), Richard hotel complex (Hrybivka), Kyparys park hotel (Yuzhne), Seazone mini-hotel (Karolino-Buhaz), a chain of youth hostels Friday and others.
The total number of rooms of the chain was 1,234 rooms in various forms of cooperation at the beginning of 2020.
Ribas Hotels Group provides integrated management, exclusive booking, franchising and design services.
Ribas Hotels Group LLC was established in 2017. According to the unified register of legal entities, individual entrepreneurs, director and owner of a 100% stake in charter capital of the company is Lupashko.

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ELECTRICITY PRICES FOR INDUSTRY IN UKRAINE EXCEED TARIFFS IN EUROPE

The electricity prices for industrial consumers in Ukraine are two times higher than in Eastern Europe, according to the data of the Market Operator as of April 1, 2020.
According to the following websites https://www.oree.com.ua/ and https://www.nordpoolgroup.com/maps/#/nordic, in particular, the base cost of electricity for Ukrainian industrial consumers is EUR 51.01 per MWh, for Polish is EUR 30.23, for Romanian is EUR 25.69, for Hungarian is EUR 25.78, and for Slovak is EUR24.1.
The cost of electricity for daylight hours in Ukraine is EUR 58.85 per MWh, while in Poland it costs EUR 31.7, in Romania and Hungary is EUR 26.81, in Slovakia is EUR 24.35.
According to Nord Pool, the European power exchange, the tariffs are even lower in Western Europe. Thus, the cost of electricity in Benelux is EUR 22.5 per MWh, in France is EUR 21.86, in Germany is EUR 19.95.
The countries of the Scandinavian Peninsula, under support of national economies during coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, reduced electricity prices to minimum levels. Thus, the tariffs in Norway, Sweden and Denmark dropped to EUR 4.58 per MWh.
As Ukrainian industrial company Interpipe said earlier on Wednesday, April 1, in the last week of March in Ukraine rise in price of electricity for industrial consumers was recorded, while the tariff increased from UAH 1.3 per kWh to unprecedented UAH 1.68 per kWh, or 35% compared to February.
At the same time, Interpipe urged Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal and the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission to take the necessary regulatory measures to stabilize the electricity market. The government needs to take measures to prevent the rise in electricity prices by one of the key market players – National Nuclear Generating Company Energoatom, the group said in a statement.

“Amid COVID-19 pandemic, the governments of Europe and the United States are developing plans to support industry, introduce additional tools to stabilize the business. The situation is opposite in Ukraine. We, as a business, solve the problems of transferring employees, providing them with protective equipment, and purchase equipment for local hospitals. All this is amid falling volumes of orders. In response, we get a 35% increase in electricity prices and, as a result, a significant deterioration in our competitiveness in the falling market,” Interpipe Chief Financial Officer Denys Morozov said.
Interpipe is one of the ten largest manufacturers of seamless pipes in the world, is the third largest producer of seamless-rolled railway wheels in the world.
Interpipe incorporates five key assets: PJSC Interpipe NTRP, Interpipe NMPP, Interpipe NIKO TUBE, Interpipe VTORMET, and Interpipe STEEL.

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PRICES OF LIVE PIGS IN UKRAINE GROW BY 25% IN 2020 – OPINION

Prices for live pigs in Ukraine since the start of the year have grown by 25% on average, to UAH 50 per kilogram, KSG Agro agricultural holding has said in a press release. According to him, in January, the cost of live pigs was UAH 40-42 per kg, in March – UAH 50-52.
The rise in price of live pigs at the first stage, according to KSG Agro Board Chairman Serhiy Kasianov, was associated with a seasonal increase in demand for pork.
“In the spring, the demand for pork meat traditionally increases in our country. Firstly, during this period a number of holidays are celebrated starting from March 8, and secondly, spring consumption growth is associated with improved weather: Ukrainians cook more meat in the fresh air,” he said.
Subsequently, prices were influenced by quarantine measures related to the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 in Ukraine.
“Quarantine and sanitary restrictions have led to difficulties in delivering goods and, in particular, pork to different parts of the country. Add to this the rush demand for meat during the quarantine period. In conditions of self-isolation, our compatriots are actively forming food supplies by purchasing products for future consumption,” Kasianov said.
However, according to him, in the near future – before the beginning of summer – one should not expect a significant increase in prices for live pigs, since the further rise in price of pork is limited by the purchasing power of the population.

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PRICES FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKS IN UKRAINE 6.5% UP IN 11 MONTHS

Prices for construction and assembly work in Ukraine in January-November 2019 increased by 6.5% compared with January-November 2018, the State Statistics Service has reported.
According to statistics, since the beginning of the year prices have risen in all segments of construction. So, in residential construction the growth was 8.8%, in non-residential some 5.1%, in engineering some 5.7%.
In November 2019 from November 2018, the cost of construction work in residential construction rose by 3.8%, in engineering by 0.3%, while in non-residential construction the decrease was 1.6%.
In addition, the State Statistics Service said that in November compared with October, the cost of construction of residential buildings decreased slightly, by 0.5%, non-residential by 0.6%, while engineering structures increased by 0.4%.
According to its data, in 2018 prices for construction work in Ukraine increased by 23% compared to the previous year, while in 2017 by 13.4%.
The indicators are given without taking into account the annexed territory of Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as part of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the State Statistics Service notes.

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