• Economic News Updates

    Economic News Updates

    For each market we cover, OBG produces regular economic research available on our website, by email subscription and via RSS feed. Free to access, our Economic Updates are targeted at those looking for regular comment on key sector developments.

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Economic Update | Banking on the Future

22 Jul 2010

With a good new crop of statistics in this week on the state of the nation's economy, there was also some focusing on the state of the nation's banks. This came in on the back of news of an important merger, and of some more worrying news from a previously welcomed share bid.

Economic Update | Ballots, 'Sell Outs' and Sell Offs

22 Jul 2010

In a week of pregnant pauses, while the nation awaited the outcome of Sunday's local elections and a new round of negotiations on Cyprus, the government's privatisation strategy also looked to be imminent, if not yet actual. Delays in formulating strategies were compounded too by news that the body set up to sell off Turkey's state industries - thereby helping save the country from penury - was itself substantially in debt.

Economic Update | Call Waiting

22 Jul 2010

Turkey's troubled telecoms privatisation took what appeared to be one step forwards and one step back this week, as a delay in the tendering process was balanced by some more positive news on the size of the stake on offer.

Economic Update | Inflation Down, Unemployment Up

22 Jul 2010

With most analysts predicting that the IMF delegation currently in Ankara going through Turkey's books will likely leave this week pretty satisfied, these are good times for the country's government. News that wholesale inflation had finally dipped below two digits, while exports have continued to rise, has also put market watchers and movers in a strongly positive mood.

Economic Update | Uzan Sell Off Looms

22 Jul 2010

With the seizure by Turkish authorities of some 219 companies belonging to the Uzan Group mid-February, the final chapters in one of the country's most controversial corporate sagas appeared to be closing this week. Now, many are wondering what next, as the state's new portfolio gets examined, and prospects for a lucrative fire sale get aired.

Economic Update | Of TUPRAS and Tankers

22 Jul 2010

These have been busy times recently in Turkey's energy industry, with news of a major privatisation coming alongside reports of new oil exploration in the Black Sea. Meanwhile, the ongoing dispute over use of the Bosphorus by oil tankers flared into life again, with accusations and denials flying over alleged unnecessary closure of the straits by the Turkish authorities.