Business news from Ukraine

SALES OF SERVICES IN UKRAINE 4.8% UP IN Q3

The volume of sales of services by service enterprises in Ukraine in Q3 2018 amounted to UAH 197.1 billion, which in comparable prices is higher than the level of Q3 2017 by 4.8%, according to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine. According to its data, the volume of services provided to the population amounted to 24% of the total volume of services sold.
As reported, the volume of sales of services by service enterprises in Ukraine increased by 5.8% in Q2 2018, 3% in Q1 2018, by 0.6% in Q4 2017, by 3.1% in Q3 2017, by 7.7% in Q2 2017, and by 14.8% in Q1 2017.

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PHARMACY SALES 28% UP – BUSINESS CREDIT

Pharmacy sales in Ukraine in January-October 2018 in monetary terms increased by 28% compared to the same period in 2017, to UAH 68.665 billion. Business Credit company told Interfax-Ukraine, in natural terms sales for the specified period remained unchanged, being 1.229 million packages, while the weighted average price rose by 28%, to UAH 55.60 per unit of goods.
According to the company, retail sales of medicines in January-October in monetary terms increased by 30%, to UAH 56.732 billion, in natural terms by 9%, to 833.893 million packages. The weighted average price of medicines in January-October 2018 was UAH 68 per product unit.
As reported, in January-September 2018 pharmacy sales in Ukraine in monetary terms were up by 30% compared to the same period in 2017 and amounted to UAH 61.788 billion, while sales in kind by 1%, to 1.124 billion packages.
Retail sales of drugs in January-September 2018 in monetary terms grew by 32%, to UAH 50.805 billion, in natural terms by 10%, to 754.352 million packages.

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AIS RAISES CAR SALES BY 27%

AIS group of companies, a large operator in the automotive and special vehicles market, in January-October of this year increased car sales by 27% compared with the same period last year, to 5,500 units, the press service of the company has said.
“AIS shows a positive trend, despite the fact that the automotive market is stagnating and began to show negative dynamics,” the report says.
The income of the group of companies for this period amounted to UAH 2.7 billion, obligatory payments to the national budget (VAT, duty, excise) amounted to UAH 0.9 billion.
According to the company, during this period sales of Geely cars increased by 51%, Citroen by 33%, Peugeot by 102%. In addition, sales of MAZ trucks showed an increase of 150%.
The business program AIS AutoTrade for used cars showed a sales growth of 57%. The company is also the leader in sales of the automobile brands Renault, Citroen, Ravon, and others in Ukraine.
Among the factors contributing to the sales growth are a number of ongoing programs. In particular, due to financial products, credit/leasing sales reached 30% with the average market indicators standing at 10%-15%.

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UZBEKISTAN PROVIDES UKRAINIAN PHARMA COMPANIES WITH ANNUAL SALES OF UP TO $50 MLN

Uzbekistan provides Ukrainian pharmaceutical companies operating in the country with annual sales of $49-50 million, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Ukraine Alisher Abdualiyev has said. “We literally a month and a half ago met with the management of the Farmak enterprise. This enterprise occupies one of the leading positions of Ukrainian pharmaceutical exports to Uzbekistan. In addition, the major suppliers are Ukrainian companies Arterium, YURiA-PHARM and others. We provide them with annual sales at the level of $49-50 million,” he said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
At the same time, Abdualiyev said that Ukrainian pharmaceutical products in Uzbekistan are exempted from VAT.
In addition, the ambassador recalled that in Uzbekistan in six regions of the republic, seven special pharmaceutical zones have been established that will enjoy benefits and preferences.
“A representative of Farmak has already visited Uzbekistan, looked at possible sites for the future enterprise. The other day we are to meet, discuss all issues and organize negotiations of the Farmak head in Uzbekistan,” he said.

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UKRAINE INCREASES FRUIT AND BERRY EXPORTS BY 40%, MAIN SALES MARKET REMAINES EU

Ukraine in January-September 2018 exported fruits and berries in the amount of $157 million, which is 40% more compared to the same period last year. According to the Ukrsadprom association, the main products in this group were walnuts, which were delivered for $69 million, frozen fruits and berries worth $61 million, apples and pears for $10 million.
“The growth in exports of walnuts (from 13,000 tonnes in the first nine months of 2017 to 20,000 tonnes in the same period of the current year), apples and pears (from 9,000 tonnes to 29,000 tonnes respectively) was the most notable in natural terms,” according to the website of the association.
The main sales market remained the European Union, supplies to which bring about two-thirds of all foreign exchange earnings. In January-September 2018 the largest purchases of fruits were made by Poland ($32.3 million), France ($11.7 million), Belarus ($10.9 million), Turkey ($10.6 million), the Netherlands ($8.8 million), Germany ($7.4 million), and Italy ($7.2 million).
“If not to take into account imports of exotic fruits to Ukraine (mainly citrus fruits and bananas), for the three quarters of 2018 the surplus of foreign trade in fruits and berries reached $75 million,” the association said.
Ukrainian apples are exported to more than 50 countries, while they are mainly purchased by Belarus (43%), Moldova (20%), and Sweden (10%).

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PHARMACY SALES IN UKRAINE 30% UP IN JAN-SEPT – BUSINESS CREDIT COMPANY

Pharmacy sales in Ukraine in January-September 2018 in monetary terms increased by 30% compared to the same period in 2017, to UAH 61.788 billion. Business Credit company told Interfax-Ukraine, in natural terms sales for the specified period increased by a mere 1%, to 1.124 million packs, while the weighted average price rose by 28%, to UAH 55 per unit of goods. According to the company, retail sales of medicines in January-September in monetary terms increased by 32%, to UAH 50.805 billion, in natural terms by 10%, to 754.352 million packs. The weighted average price of medicines in the first nine months of 2018 was UAH 67.4 per product unit.
As reported, in the first half of 2018 pharmacy sales in Ukraine in monetary terms were up by 36% compared to the same period in 2017 and amounted to UAH 43.011 billion, while sales in real terms by 5%, to 780.737 million packs.
Retail sales of drugs in the first half of the year in monetary terms grew by 38%, to UAH 35.454 billion, in natural terms by 16%, to 530.846 million packs.

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