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EM currencies – one step forward, one step back
An announcement early in the week that the US Federal Reserve is unlikely to raise rates at any point this year provided a boost to EM currencies 22 Mar
Czech Republic: Pharma & Healthcare Sector 2019/2020
The 'EMIS Czech Republic: Pharma & Healthcare Sector 2019/2020 Report' highlights the country's main economic indicators, pharmaceutical production, global and regional positioning 21 Mar
February’s Top Deals per region
February 2019 - the top M&A deals for Emerging Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean and EMEA. 20 Mar

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Telefonica withdraws from Central America in USD 1.65bn sale of local units
In February 2019, telecoms giant Telefonica announced its exit from all remaining mobile businesses in Central America. 20 Mar
U.S. DXC Technology to acquire Swiss IT solutions provider with Russian roots Luxoft
U.S. business-to-business IT services company DXC Technology announced a deal to buy Luxoft 21 Feb
Boeing meets Brazilian resistance in hopes for upper hand in the lucrative passenger aviation market
Having cleared its biggest hurdle, the approval of Brazil’s new government, the USD 4.2bn deal between plane maker Embraer and US counterpart Boeing seems more likely than ever. 28 Jan
Poles' purchasing power stands at EUR 7,228 in 2018
Amount represents half European average for last year 10 Jan

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Turkey’s consumer confidence index rises to 59.4 pts in Mar
Revival attributed to disinflation, inflation expectations 22 Mar
Bahrain lowers one-month deposit rate to 3.10%
Yet, central banks decides to keep key policy interest rate unchanged 22 Mar
China, USA to hold new round of trade talks at end-Mar
Two parties already have preliminary talks, agree on schedule 22 Mar
Fitch lowers 2019 GDP forecast for Brazil
The rating agency held its projection for the next year 21 Mar

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Kuwait issues new decree to regulate real estate sector
Document establishes electronic Real Estate Brokers book 21 Mar
Colombia’s oil output rises 8.4% y/y in February
The sector is likely to remain one of the main drivers of country’s economic growth 21 Mar
Chile’s GDP grows more than expected in Q4
The local economy improved sharply compared to 2017 19 Mar
Colombia’s retail sales grow 3% y/y in January
Sector’s performance slowed sharply due to weak fuels and vehicles sales 18 Mar

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Emlak Bank to start banking activities at end-Mar
Group was liquidated in aftermath of 2000-2001 economic crisis 21 Mar
Vietnam's Simexco Daklak may sell 50% stake
Country’s second largest coffee exporter hopes to attract foreign investor 18 Mar
Hyundai Motor downsizes presence in China
Group closes one plant in Beijing to cope with sales fall 13 Mar
Bank Dhofar, National Bank of Oman give up merger talks
Failed move reduces chances of sector consolidation 08 Mar