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Albania Country Report - October, 2015

  • November 2015
  • 53 pages
  • Emerging Markets Direct Media Holdings
Report ID: 3307212

Summary

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This report covers the key macroeconomic and financial releases as well as the political events from Albania for the period of October 9 - November 9, 2015.

S&P affirmed its 'B/B' sovereign credit ratings on Albania.

The Tirana court acquitted the former c-bank governor, Ardian Fullani, of charges of abuse of office in connection to a multi-million euro theft from bank reserves.

Albania plunged to 97th position in the World Bank's Doing Business 2016 ranking among 189 countries, from 68th place a year ago.

The European Commission and the EBRD cut their forecast for Albanian economic growth in 2015.

Albania places EUR450mn 5-year Eurobond

Leyton Orient owner, Francesco Becchetti, could face extradition to Albania



Key points:

o The CPI inflation decelerates slightly to 2.1% y/y in Oct

o Albania's foreign trade gap widened by 0.7% y/y to EUR1.48bn in the first nine months

o The combined net profit of Albanian commercial banks up by 33.3% y/y to EUR83.5mn in Jan-Sept

o Albania's commercial banks' loan portfolio fell 1.8% y/y at end-Sept

o The bad loan ratio at Albanian commercial banks stood at 20.2% at end- Sept

o Albania's insurance market grew by 17.3% y/y in the first nine months of 2015


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