Production price indices recorded a surprising drop. Producer and agricultural prices have slumped in particular. On the other hand, construction prices continued moderate growth while prices of market services increased distinctively. Producer and agricultural prices thus added to the disappointment represented by February’s consumer inflation. Although we assume the central bank will continue to hike interest rates, it may be possible it will choose a time out in May given previous inflationary developments, according to Komerční banka.
Foreign–based mother companies of some of the Czech Republic’s biggest firms last year claimed the second highest dividend yield from their local assets ever, according to calculations by the business daily E15, Radio Praha writes. A study by the consultancy company Bisnode suggests that the domination of foreign owned companies of the overall Czech economy has been dropping in recent years, though.
The Czech Republic is known for a solid infrastructure, a highly educated and skilled workforce, and relatively low wage costs. No wonder that many interesting companies were born here – AVG, Avast, Apiary to name just a few. This month we took a close look at the Czech startup scene and created a list of 10 promising startups to watch in 2018.
Angela Merkel is sworn into office for her fourth term on Wednesday. And while that might be the best scenario for neighbour, the Czech Republic, it will also step up the pressure to get a stable Czech government in place, Radio Praha writes.
Strategic Directions for Czech Economic Policy
- 1) The home of value-added manufacturing
- 2) Prague-Brno-Ostrava Creative Triangle
- 3) Health Care as an export industry
- 4) Government as a competitive advantage
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