Business news from Ukraine

MACRO MONTHLY SUMMARY – MAIN STATISTICS OF UKRAINE IN AUGUST 2018

Ukraine’s GDP in 2018 is expected to grow by 3.1% amid 9.5% inflation (Dec over Dec) and the growth is expected to slightly slow in 2019 to 3.0% amid 7.4% inflation, according to an updated consensus forecast released by Ukraine’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.
The growth of Ukraine’s gross domestic product (GDP) in April-June 2018 was 3.8% compared to the same period in 2017, whereas according to the preliminary assessment of the State Statistics Service, published in mid-August, this indicator was 3.6%.
The deficit of Ukraine’s foreign trade in goods in January-July 2018 increased by 42.7% compared to January-July 2017, to $4.064 billion (it was $2.848 billion in January-July 2017), the State Statistics Service of Ukraine said.
Revenue of Ukraine’s national budget in August 2018 amounted to UAH 93.96 billion, which was UAH 2.79 billion, or 2.9% less than the planned figure, the State Treasury Service of Ukraine reported.
Income from profit tax to the general fund of the national budget in January-August 2018 exceeded the planned figure by 20.2% and amounted to UAH 72.5 billion, the State Fiscal Service has reported.
Money supply in Ukraine in August 2018 grew by 0.3%, to UAH 1.233 trillion, such preliminary data of monetary statistics are posted on the website of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU).
The gross foreign debt of Ukraine as of the beginning of July 2018 was $113.751 billion, which is 1.47% or $1.7 billion less than at the beginning of the year, according to the website of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU).
Ukraine’s gross external debt in the second quarter of 2018 declined by $1.4 billion, or 1.2%, to $113.8 billion, and stands at about 93.6% of GDP, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) said, based on its preliminary estimates of GDP.
The international reserves of Ukraine in August 2018 decreased by 2.9% and amounted to the equivalent of $17.232 billion by September 1.
Industrial production in Ukraine in August 2018 decreased by 0.5% compared to August 2017, while in July the growth was 2.9% compared to July 2017, in June this figure was 2.2%, in May some 2.5%, in April some 3%, the State Statistics Service has said.
Retail trade turnover in Ukraine in January-August 2018 increased by 5.4% in comparable prices in comparison with January-August 2017, the State Statistics Service has said.
Consumer prices in Ukraine, after the decrease by 0.7% in July, in August remained unchanged, while since the beginning of the year their growth was 3.6%, the State Statistics Service of Ukraine has reported.

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