ARTICLES IN Economy TOPIC

08
May
2020

Austrian PMI sinks to record low

by Property Forum
UniCredit Bank Austria's Purchasing Managers' Index sink to a record low of 31.6 points in April. A strong rebound is expected from Q3 2020 after the easing of lockdown restrictions.
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16
Apr
2020

Hungary to reintroduce 5% VAT rate for certain residential projects

by Property Forum
For residential developments executed in brownfield zones a VAT rate of 5% will apply instead of the normal 27%, the Minister of the Prime Minister's Office announced today.
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16
Apr
2020

Are we slowly getting back to normal?

by Property Forum
After the first loosening measures of Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, more countries of the region plan to start gradually scaling back the regulations imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
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15
Apr
2020

Hungary to weather the storm better than most, IMF says

by Property Forum
Hungary's economy could rebound with 4.2% GDP growth in 2021 following a 3.1% contraction this year, according to a forecast by the International Monetary Fund published on Tuesday. According to the IMF, Hungary's economy is surprisingly resilient to the crisis, with only Serbia expected to do slightly better this year in the region.
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14
Apr
2020

CEE countries start to loosen lockdown measures

by Property Forum
Countries in CEE acted early by closing their borders and introducing lockdown measures in response to the pandemic. Now, Austria and the Czech Republic are among the first in Europe to begin lifting their coronavirus restrictions.
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10
Apr
2020

Hungary and Poland may recover slower – Online panel summary

by Property Forum
The topic of Property Forum’s second online panel was the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on real estate financing in CEE. After the economic outlook of Commerzbank’s Senior EM Strategist, Tatha Ghose, four expert bankers discussed the short and long-term effects of the pandemic, such as how the lockdown affects ongoing deals, what kind of recession are we looking at and how the perception of individual asset classes may change in light of the current events. According to the experts, the recovery is expected to take longer in Hungary and Poland, while the rebound may come sooner in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
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09
Apr
2020

Airbnb landlords have to share data with Czech authorities

by Property Forum
According to a new bill, Airbnb landlords in the Czech Republic have to share data with the administrative bodies. Also, the Czech Parliament plans to allow tenants without income due to the coronavirus restrictions not to pay rent until the end of July.
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06
Apr
2020

Are wage subsidies enough to tackle the COVID-19 crisis?

by Property Forum
Most CEE governments have already introduced measures aimed at helping employed people and struggling businesses amid the coronavirus outbreak. In most countries, at least half of the average wage will be taken over by the state, up to 80% or more in certain countries. Hungary is the only country in the region where no concrete measures have been announced yet. We looked at what workers of affected companies can expect across the region.
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03
Apr
2020

Hungary's economy suffers more than others in the region

by Property Forum
According to the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), which measures the activity level of purchasing managers in a given sector, Hungary's manufacturing industry was hit much harder by the coronavirus crisis than the same sector in other CEE countries. The Polish and Czech PMI show that these economies were less affected by the downturn in March than the economy of Hungary.
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02
Apr
2020

Large manufacturers to halt production in CEE

by Property Forum
As part of the fight against the coronavirus, many firms have decided to temporarily cease their production to ensure the health of their employees.
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