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MICROSOFT EXPECTS GROWTH IN INCOME FROM SALE OF CLOUD TECHNOLOGIES BY 50% IN UKRAINE

The largest global software maker Microsoft Corp. expects growth in income from sale of cloud technologies in Ukraine by 50% every year in the coming two years, Director of Microsoft Ukraine LLC Jan Peter De Jong said during the press breakfast in Kyiv on Thursday.
At the same time, he said that as part of the global digital transformation in the company at the global level, the development and implementation of customer access to cloud services are becoming a priority in Ukraine.
De Jong said that this is about all the cloud services of Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Dynamics.
“Digital transformation allows rethinking the ways people, data and processes interact. A digital transformation strategy that focuses on these three main components will make your company more effective for customers and gain a competitive advantage in a digital-oriented world,” he said.
The world’s largest software maker Microsoft Corp. increased its net profit in the first quarter of FY2020 by 21%, including thanks to the cloud business.

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NET SALE OF CURRENCY BY NATIONAL BANK OF UKRAINE LAST WEEK TOTALS $157 MLN

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) in the period from September 30 through October 4, 2019 first since the start of August entered the market to support the hryvnia, selling $200 million – almost the same amount as for the entire period since the beginning of 2019.
According to a posting on the website of the central bank, all these interventions were made at the single exchange rate (using the matching tool).
At the same time, the National Bank last week managed to acquire $42.5 million, as a result of which the net sale of foreign currency amounted to $157.5 million.
In general, since the beginning of 2019, the NBU has bought $4.199 billion at the interbank currency market, sold $448.2 million, in particular, it bought $930 million in September, $316 million in August, $1.271 billion in July, and $322 million in June, and sold only $ 17 million early August.

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IN UKRAINE MANDATORY SALE OF FOREIGN CURRENCY FROM EXPORTS MAY BE CANCELLED

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has stated the requirement for the mandatory sale of export earnings could be cancelled, governor of the central bank Yakiv Smolii has said.
“As market conditions develop, we think we’ll cancel this rule,” he said at a conference of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kyiv.
As reported, the National Bank of Ukraine in early February 2019 announced the decision to reduce the norm for the mandatory sale of export earnings from 50% to 30% from March 1.

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NATIONAL BANK OF UKRAINE COULD REDUCE NORM OF MANDATORY FOREX SALE FROM 50% TO 30%

The National Bank (NBU) could in the near future reduce the rate of mandatory sale of foreign currency earnings for exporters from 50% to 30% or cancel it completely, Deputy Governor of the NBU Oleg Churiy has said. “If we carry out another wave of currency liberalization in the near future, we will remove or reduce these restrictions. Perhaps, we will reduce mandatory sale from 50% to 30%, but this will depend on the macroeconomic situation. Perhaps, we will completely cancel it,” he said.
The NBU in the policy of gradual liberalization of the currency market focuses not on temporary restrictions but on macroeconomic indicators and possible consequences, he said.
According to the banker, the central bank considers the abolition of compulsory foreign exchange earnings for exporters to be among the priorities of currency liberalization along with the lifting of restrictions on the repatriation of dividends to foreign investors.

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STATE PROPERTY FUND OF UKRAINE PUTS 57.4% OF LVIV PLANT AVTONAVANTAZHUVACH UP FOR SALE

The regional office of the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) in Lviv region has put a 57.4% state stake in the charter capital of PJSC Lviv Plant Avtonavantazhuvach up for sale on the ProZorro.Sale portal.
According to a report on the SPF’s website, the starting price of the package is UAH 8.774 million. The electronic auction will be held on October 4.
The charter capital of the plant is UAH 15.289 million, the nominal value of a share is UAH 0.25.
Avtonavantazhuvach plant was founded in 1948. It had all types of production, including foundry, forge-press, welding. During the existence of the plant, more than 30 models of forklift trucks of various carrying capacity have been developed and introduced into production.
After 1991, the plant significantly reduced output. If during the Soviet era it produced about 12,000 forklift trucks per year, then in 1999 only 250 were produced.

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PHARMACY SALES IN UKRAINE INCREASES BY 43% IN THREE MONTHS OF 2018

Pharmacy sales in Ukraine in January-March 2018 in monetary terms increased by 43% compared to the same period in 2017, to UAH 22.886 billion. Business Credit told Interfax-Ukraine pharmacy sales in natural terms for the first quarter increased by 8%, to 411.515 million packs. According to the company, in particular, retail sales of medicines in monetary terms increased by 45%, to UAH 18.976 billion, in natural terms by 24%, to 287.662 million packs.
The average weighted price of goods in the pharmacy basket for the first quarter of 2018 was UAH 55.6 per package, medicines some UAH 66 per package. Pharmacy sales in March 2018 amounted to UAH 7.752 billion, which is 36% more than a year earlier, drug sales grew by 39%, to UAH 6.416 billion.
As reported, in 2017 pharmacy sales in money terms increased by 19% compared to 2016, to UAH 68.271 billion, in natural terms by 12%, to 1.513 billion packs. Retail sales of medicines for the year in monetary terms rose by 19%, to UAH 54.653 billion, in natural terms by 12%, to 942.777 million packs. The average weighted price of goods in the pharmacy basket in 2017 amounted to UAH 45.12 per package, medicines some UAH 58 per package.

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