One of the worst droughts in recent Czech history is still tormenting farmers, with rainfalls in October measured at just a fifth of the monthly average. The total cost of damages to Czech agriculture and forestry has been estimated to lie at around CZK 24 billion so far and some farmers say the government is not doing enough about it.
A number of companies are in the running for lucrative contracts to build new nuclear units in the Czech Republic. Now the head of the State Office for Nuclear Safety says that a South Korean firm looks best placed to get the job. Dana Drábová says KHNP currently has the best references in regards to finishing construction on time and on budget.
The average mortgage interest rates in the Czech Republic are the sixth
highest in EU, suggests a study carried out by the website ChytrýHonza.cz,
based on data from Eurostat, the European Central Bank and Crédit Foncier.
According to the data, interest rates on mortgages in Europe range from 1.09% in Denmark to 4.4% in Poland. In the Czech Republic, the average rate is 2.2%. However, the level of indebtedness of the Czechs is not as great as, for example, that of the French.
Over 832,000 people have joined the receipt lottery, launched last October
as part of the electronic cash register system, the Czech News Agency
reported on Sunday. According to the data of the Finance Ministry, they
have registered around 193 million receipts so far.
The lottery was launched by the Finance Ministry in order to encourage consumers assistance in fighting tax evasion. Every month, some 350 to 400,000 people take part, but their number has been steadily decreasing since last November. The ministry plans to distribute up to 65 million crowns a year in winnings.
The Olomouc tax office has come under fire for asking close to one hundred newlywed couples to provide financial details regarding their wedding feast and number of guests who attended. The case has thrown a negative light on the law on electronic cash registers which has already been criticized by the opposition for invading people’s privacy and putting an excessive administrative burden on entrepreneurs.
The International Monetary Fund has revised down its estimate for global
economic growth by 0.2 percentage points to 3.7 percent, for this and next
The growth estimate for the Czech Republic in 2018 was also downgraded to 3.1 percent from a previous forecast of 3.7 percent. The growth estimate for 2019 is currently at 3.0.
The PPF Group controlled by Czech billionaire Petr Kellner is looking to sell its commercial lender Air Bank and consumer loans arm Home Credit to the Prague-listed lender Moneta Money Bank. The deal would create the third-largest bank by network in the Czech Republic, and the fifth largest by assets.
Unemployment in Prague fell to 2.1 percent in September, down 0.1
percentage points compared to August.
The Czech capital has the fourth-lowest unemployment rate among the regions, after those of Pardubice (at 1.9 percent) and Pilsen and South Bohemia (both at 2 percent).
The Moravian-Silesian Region has the highest rate of unemployment (at 4.6 percent) followed by the Ústí nad Labem region (at 4.5 percent).
That national unemployment rate is currently under 3 percent, the lowest level in 22 years.
The annual inflation rate grew to 2.6 percent in September up from 2.5
percent the previous month, according to a poll of analysts by the Czech
This increase stems mainly from rising housing costs, as well as electricity and fuel prices, the analysts said. Strong economic growth accompanied by rapid wage growth is also a factor, while the Czech crown remains relatively weak.
The Czech Statistical Office is due to publish official data on September inflation on Tuesday.
Unemployment dropped slightly in September, according to a poll of analysts
by the Czech News Agency. Official statistics from the Labour Office show
unemployment stood at 3.1 percent in August.
The consensus among analysts is unemployment dropped a further 0.1 percent last month due to regular seasonal factors, namely an increase in hiring after the summer months. The Labour Office is due to publish official figures on October 8.
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