TABLE-Emerging Europe business climate improves

miércoles 2 de septiembre de 2015 04:52 GYT
 

VIENNA, Sept 2 (Reuters) - The business climate in central and eastern Europe improved in
the three months to July/August as direct investors turned more optimistic about the business
climate and outlook, according to the OeKB CEE Business Climate index released on Wednesday. 
    Investors were slightly less negative about the climate in Ukraine and Russia, though
Moscow's standoff with the West over the conflict in eastern Ukraine continued to weigh overall.
    
CEE REGION                III/2015   II/2015   I/2015    IV/2014   III/2014   II/2014   I/2014  
(Survey conducted)        (JUL/AUG) (APR/MAY) (JAN/FEB) (OCT/NOV)  (JUL/AUG) (APR/MAY) (JAN/FEB)
                                   ECONOMIC OUTLOOK             18         14        2         5
        14        15        21                                     
CURRENT BUSINESS SITUATION   23         23       19        20         25        18        20    
                                 
BUSINESS EXPECTATIONS        23         19       12        10         16        19        24    
                                 
BUSINESS CLIMATE             23         21       15        15         20        18        22    
                                 
INVESTMENT STOCKS             7          7        5         5          6         3         7    
                                
       
    INDEX (2007=100)
CURRENT BUSINESS SITUATION   84.4       84.4      82.8      83.2      85.1      82.5      83.2  
   
BUSINESS EXPECTATIONS        86.8       85.2      82.5      81.7      84.0      85.2      87.2  
   BUSINESS CLIMATE             85.7       84.9      82.6      82.6      84.5      83.7     
85.3    
                    
BUSINESS CLIMATE (COUNTRY) III/2015  II/2015   I/2015    IV/2014   III/2014  II/2014   I/2014   
POLAND                        42       45        36        32         40        40        48    
                     
CZECH REPUBLIC                38       38        30        28         34        31        36    
                    
ROMANIA                       31       31        30        22         23        21        22    
                 
SLOVAKIA                      29       29        26        25         26        23        23    
              
SLOVENIA                      25       25        20        13         21        21        13    
                 
HUNGARY                       28       24        20        15         22        20         7    
                 
BULGARIA                      22       21        18         4         12        10        13    
                
BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA            20       19        22        14         10        16        17    
                 
SERBIA                        16       19        10        14         11        13        18    
                  
CROATIA                       13        9         5        13         12        11        18    
               
RUSSIA                        -5      -13       -31       -11         24        19        42    
                 UKRAINE                      -29      -37       -43       -41        -27      
-40        -4                     
           
    NOTE - Surveyed companies have three options to answer: positive, neutral or   
negative. The index shows the balance of positive answers minus negative   
answers. A value above zero signals more positive than negative answers, a value   
below zero more negative than positive answers.      
    The OeKB Central European Business Climate Index is based on quarterly   
surveys conducted over two months of around 400 international companies with regional
headquarters in Austria that manage 1,500 affiliate companies in 21 countries in central and   
Eastern Europe.

 (Reporting by Karin Strohecker; Editing by Toby Chopra)