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Thursday, 05.03.2015, 12:23
According to Statistics Estonia, in January 2015, the production of industrial enterprises increased by 2% compared to January of the previous year. Production increased in manufacturing and mining, but decreased in energy production.
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The unemployment level has slightly increased in Latvia since January, Director of the State Employment Agency Inese Kalvane said in an interview with the LNT show "900 sekundes" this morning, cites LETA.
The Eurobarometer survey carried out in January revealed that 59% of the polled Lithuanians went on holiday abroad in 2014, informs LETA/ELTA.
Results of the survey on income and living conditions carried out by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2014 housing maintenance expenditure of households (1) has slightly increased, reaching 138 euros per month.
In January 2015, compared with January 2014, the volume of retail trade increased by 6.7% in Latvia, which is the fifth best growth among the European Union member states for which data are available, according to latest information provided by Eurostat. In Lithuania, retail volume rose by 3.3%, but in Estonia – by 2.8%, writes LETA.
Banking sector is an important contributor to jobs and growth in the EU through the support for SMEs. The sector already provides in the EU-28 about €4 trillion in loans, a big share of which goes to SMEs. In some of the states, the sector’s share in SMEs’ lending is about 30-40%. Seeking to rebuild Europe's economy, this channel of funding shall be supported and developed.
Annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Lithuania amount to 4-5 tons per capita and are among the lowest in the European Union (EU), the European Environment Agency (EEA) said in a report The European Environment – State and Outlook 2015, informs LETA/ELTA.
The so-called Global Cyber Security Index 2014, devised by the ABI Research company, shows Latvia in seventh place among the countries, who were rated according to five criteria. Estonia is leading among Baltics with 5th place and Lithuania is placed 14th, informs LETA.
Deputy Director of the Special Investigation Service (STT) Romas Zienka says that in 2025 Lithuania should come within the top 10 of the most transparent Member States of the European Union, informs LETA/ELTA.
According to the data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), in 2014 the total number of passengers carried by public transport decreased by 0.7%.
According to Statistics Estonia, in January 2015 compared to January of the previous year, the retail sales of goods of retail trade enterprises increased 5% at constant prices.
In 2014, 73% of households in Latvia had access to broaband Internet. For comparison, in 2004, only 5% of households had broadband Internet access, reports LETA, according to the Central Statistical Bureau.
Estonian Economy and Communications Ministry said, commenting upon the fresh Estonian retail trade statistics, that in the future, the main risk point for the Estonian economy will be Finland, LETA/delfi.ee reports.
In January 2015, producer prices in Latvia rose 0.4% from December 2014, which was the largest increase in the EU, according to the latest report released by the EU statistical office Eurostat. In all the EU member states for which data are available, producer prices decreased 1.2% in January from December, writes LETA.
The Estonian National Elections Committee announced that on Monday, a second recount of the votes given at the Sunday parliamentary elections in Estonia took place in county committees, as required by law; the recount did not cause changes in the distribution of mandates, informs LETA,