Economic policy

This section reports on economic policy initiatives of the Czech government, the EU, and other entities that have a direct impact on the competitiveness of the country. It also includes information on economic priorities of the AmCham and other leading associations.

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5th September 2018 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth


ING Bank Czech Republic: Czech manufacturing PMI falls to one-year low

The August manufacturing PMI declined slightly to 54.9, hitting the lowest level in a year. But we are not too worried as the PMI remains solidly above the key 50-level signalling growth and summer-months are usually more volatile anyway. 
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4th September 2018 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth


Weak imports kicked the trade balance up

Today’s statistics from Czech GDP confirmed that the economy has geared down since the second half of last year. Even though GDP dynamics were revised two tick up to 0.7%, they lag behind Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. In a yoy comparison, growth eased to 2.4%. The comment for the preliminary reading indicated that growth was supported by the trade balance. Today’s figures showed it contributed 0.7pp to overall dynamics. Yet, in a yoy comparison, it acted negatively as it cut yoy growth 0.4pp. The very good results of external trade are not entirely positive news. The surplus is due to weak import dynamics. Consumption increased only 0.5% qoq. These are the weakest dynamics since the beginning of 2016. Investment has surprised with sound dynamics. We assume that a big amount of finished investment was moved from the inventory category to the investment category. Thus, inventory built was the biggest drag on growth as it impeded overall dynamics 0.8pp. In contrast, investment added 0.5pp with a 1.7% increase.
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4th September 2018 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth


Company-wide holidays mixed up July’s statistics

Economic confidence has remained favourable and positively influenced both industrial activity and construction yoy dynamics in July. Company-wide holidays, however, pulled industrial growth down on a monthly basis. In July, the trade balance ended in its first deficit since the beginning of the year. Wage growth eased in the second quarter, but it remains very strong and propels core price growth. Headline inflation should print a strong 2.5%.
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