• 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 | Saudi home loan growth rate to cool

24 Feb 2015
saudi home loan

A boom in bank lending in Saudi Arabia may have reached its peak as tighter credit conditions and weaker private sector activity could curb loan growth this year despite a long-term undersupply of property for sale in the Saudi Arabian market.  

Economic Update | Egypt ready to roll out massive project to build homes

23 Feb 2015
egypt housing

Construction is soon to begin on the first phase of a long-awaited government plan in Egypt to develop one million new homes, adding to a building boom and infrastructure projects already under way across the country to spur economic 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 | El cambio que se viene en la industria minera de Colombia

19 Feb 2015
Colombia coal

Un doble esfuerzo por elevar los estándares regulatorios y fomentar la inversión en el sector minero de Colombia está en marcha, mientras operadores enfrentan otro año de desafíos, pese a que la industria sigue siendo ampliamente rentable.

Economic Update | Algérie Bilan de l’année 2014

19 Feb 2015

L’Algérie, qui détient d’importantes réserves d’hydrocarbures, a enregistré en 2014 une croissance soutenue, dans un contexte de baisse des prix du brut, grâce en partie à des dépenses publiques élevées et à une hausse des activités manufacturières.

Economic Update | Strong M&A activity expected in Kenya insurance sector

19 Feb 2015
Kenya insurance

The insurance industry in Kenya is expected to see a round of consolidation this year, as operators in the fast-growing sector look to not only increase market share but meet higher capital requirements.