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    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 | Kuwait homes in on property market

29 Apr 2015
kuwait resi

Last year saw a record high in real estate sales, which surged 18.5% year-on-year (y-o-y) to KD4.3bn ($14.3bn). Sales in the investment segment rose 30% to a value of KD1.8bn ($6.0bn), while residential sales increased 5% to KD1.9bn ($6.3bn). 

Economic Update | Kuwait eyes investment surge

18 Mar 2015
Kuwait investment

Long in the offing, a new FDI law, which aims to improve Kuwait’s business climate and reduce obstacles to market entry, is set to play a key role in underpinning investment growth. 

Economic Update | Kuwait’s retailers face uncertain times

20 Feb 2015
kuwait retail

Long established as a destination for major brands, Kuwait has witnessed steady retail expansion in recent years, but falling oil prices and forecasts of a budget deficit risk clouding the outlook for 2015.

Economic Update | Kuwait Year in Review 2014

19 Jan 2015

Non-oil growth and higher domestic consumption combined to drive up economic activity in Kuwait in 2014, although plunging world oil prices and relatively flat domestic production look set to weigh on the state’s finances.

Economic Update | Kuwait targets subsidy reforms

17 Nov 2014
Kuwait oil

Plummeting oil prices have brought renewed calls for Kuwait to deepen its focus on diversifying its economy and reducing hydrocarbon dependency. 

Economic Update | Kuwait suspends offset programme in investment drive

3 Nov 2014

The decision to temporarily halt and revise the Kuwait Offset Programme (KOP), before reintroducing it next year, is widely seen as a sign of the government’s commitment to enhancing the business climate amidst fierce regional competition and following regulatory reforms.