Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Zagreb Stock Exchange Indices Rise Amid Modest Turnover

ZAGREB, 7 April, 2021 - The Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) indices rose on Wednesday amid a modest turnover, totalling only HRK 3.5 million.

The Crobex went up 0.30% to 1,881.26 points and the Crobex10 rose by 0.48% to 1,183.39 points.

Turnover was modest, only HRK 3.5 million, around 2.2 million less than on Tuesday.

The most traded stock was the HT telecommunications company, generating a turnover of HRK 281,700, with its price going up 0.31% to HRK 1,605 per share. 

The ZSE reported that as of 8 April the Dukat dairy producer would no longer be listed on the ZSE. After the transfer of a minority shareholder interest in Dukat was entered in the court register on Tuesday and the interest was transferred to the account of the main shareholder, B.S.A. International, the Belgian daughter company of the French Lactalis, the ZSE will no longer list Dukat's shares.

Minority shareholders, who held 139,880 or 4.66% of Dukat shares, will get HRK 928 per share.

(€1 = HRK 7.560970)

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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Croatia's New Car Sales in March Up 53% Year-Over-Year

ZAGREB, 6 April, 2021 - A total of 4,165 new passenger cars were sold in Croatia in March 2021, an increase of 52.9% on the same month of last year, according to the data provided by the Promocija Plus market research agency.

The increase in sales is seen as the result of a more favourable buying environment than last spring when the country was under tighter restrictions to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

In the first three months of this year, Volkswagen sold the most new cars in Croatia - 1,810, accounting for 17.2% of total sales. It was followed by Škoda with 1,408 vehicles sold and a market share of 13.4%, Hyundai (414 vehicles, 5.8% share), Renault (595, 5.6%) and Dacia (591, 5.6%).

The Škoda Octavia remained the best selling model, with 214 units sold in March, ahead of the Dacia Duster (192 vehicles), the VW T-Cross ( 167), the VW Golf (143) and the VW T-Roc (137). Thirty-one Teslas, 18 Porches and 2 Ferraris were also sold last month.

Since the start of the year, 5,535 buyers (52.6%) bought petrol vehicles, 3,053 (29%) opted for diesel-fuelled vehicles, 141 (1.3%) chose electric cars, 323 (3.1%) purchased vehicles powered by natural gas, and 1,467 (13.9%) preferred hybrids.

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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Zagreb Stock Exchange Indices Close in Red

ZAGREB, 6 April, 2021 - The main Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) indices broke a positive streak on Tuesday, with the Crobex decreasing by 0.05% to 1,875.57 points and the Crobex10 by 0.17% to 1,177.76 points.

Turnover at the close of the trading session was HRK 5.7 million, about 1.4 million higher than on Thursday, the last trading day before the Easter break.

None of the stocks passed the turnover mark of one million kuna. The highest turnover, of HRK 777,200, was generated by the Valamar hotel company, whose stock fell by 0.35% to HRK 28.80 per share.

A total of 36 stocks traded today, with 14 of them recording share price decreases, 9 registering price increases and 13 remaining stable in price.

(€1 = HRK 7.565435)

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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

IMF Revises Down Growth Forecast for Croatian Economy For 2021

ZAGREB, 6 April, 2021 - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised down its growth forecast for the Croatian economy for this year from 6.0% to 4.7%, expecting a pickup in economic activity and a return to the pre-pandemic level in 2022.

The Croatian economy contracted by 9.0% in 2020, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook on Tuesday, reaffirming its forecast from last autumn. The national economy is expected to grow by 5.0% in 2022 and thus exceed the pre-pandemic growth level.

The IMF included Croatia among the emerging European economies that are expected to record the highest growth rates this year and the next.

This year, only Turkey and Romania are projected to achieve higher growth rates, of 6%, and the Serbian economy is expected to grow at a rate of 5.0%. Next year, a higher rate is forecast only for the Hungarian economy, of 5.7%.

The economic activity of the emerging European economies should rise by 4.4% this year, half a percentage point higher than projected last autumn, while next year it is expected to slow down to 3.9%.

Projections of current account deficit and unemployment revised down

Croatia's current account deficit is forecast at 2.3% of GDP this year, which is 0.8 percentage points lower than in the October report.

In 2020 the current account deficit was 3.5%, up by 0.3 percentage points from the autumn report, while in 2022 it is projected to drop to 1.6%.

The unemployment rate for this year is forecast at 9.4%, down from 10.3% projected last autumn. In 2020, the rate was 9.2% and in 2022 it should slide to 9.0%.

In 2021, consumer prices are expected to increase by 0.7%, compared to 0.8% projected in October. In 2020, the inflation rate was 0.3% as forecast in October, while in 2022 consumer prices are expected to pick up to 1.2%.

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Thursday, 1 April 2021

Zagreb Stock Exchange Indices Increase For Fifth Consecutive Day

ZAGREB, 1 April, 2021 - The main Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) indices increased for the fifth consecutive trading day on Thursday, the last trading day before the Easter holidays, and they saw a strong increase on the week after two weeks of decline.

The Crobex indices went up by 0.23% on Thursday, the Crobex to 1,876 points and the Crobex10 to 1,179 points.

Week-on-week, the Crobex increased by 1.54% and the Crobex10 by 2.18%.

Today's regular turnover was HRK 4.3 million, or HRK 2.7 million less than on Wednesday.

The HT telecommunications company generated the highest turnover of HRK 1.26 million. The price of its shares went up by 0.26% to HRK 192.5 per share.

The Atlantic Grupa turned over HRK 1.25 million. The price of its shares closed at HRK 1,550 per share, up by 1.31%.

A total of 33 stocks traded today, with 13 of them recording share price increases, 11 registering share price decreases and 9 remaining stable in price.

Today was the last trading day this week because the ZSE is closed on Good Friday.

(€1 = HRK 7.563871)

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Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Zagreb Stock Exchange Main Indices Continue to Rise

ZAGREB, 31 March, 2021 - The Zagreb Stock Exchange indices on Wednesday increased for the fourth trading day in a row, the Crobex by 0.23% to 1,872 points and the Crobex10 by 0.56% to 1,177 points.

Regular turnover exceeded HRK 7 million. The most traded stock was the HT telecom, turning over HRK 1.37 million. It closed at HRK 192 per share, up 1.05%.

Forty stocks traded today, with 15 going up in price and 13 going down while 12 were stable.

(€1 = HRK 7.569509)

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Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman Says Croatian Companies Interested in Egyptian Market

ZAGREB, 30 March, 2021 - Croatian companies are showing great interest in the Egyptian market which can be the gate to a market of close to one billion people, Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said at the start of a two-day visit to the most populous Arab country.

A country with which Croatia has traditionally friendly relations, based on long-lasting understanding and partnership, Egypt is one of the most important economic partners to Croatia not only in Africa but in the Middle East as well, the minister said.

Grlić Radman sees possibilities for cooperation in the oil and wood-processing industries, energy, shipbuilding, defence industry and infrastructure works.

The minister started his visit to Egypt by paying tribute at the Croatian memorial cemetery in El Shatt, the place where almost 30,000 Croats, mostly from Dalmatia, the Dalmatian hinterland and islands, were evacuated to during World War II.

"856 of them died here and that is why we laid wreaths and lit candles for them today," said the minister.

He also visited the Suez Canal, an economically very important zone that attracts important investments.

The delegation accompanying Grlić Radman includes business people and economists.

A Croatian-Egyptian business forum is to be held on Wednesday, with more than 120 business people attending, and the event will be opened by Grlić Radman and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.

Cooperation with Egypt is important to Croatia also because of Egypt's relations with the European Union and membership in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, Grlić Radman said.

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Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Zagreb Stock Exchange Indices Rise Following Gains on European Stock Markets

ZAGREB, 30 March (Hina) - The Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) indices on Tuesday went up by around one percent, following an increase in the value of indices on European stock markets, with investors focusing on the Podravka food and pharmaceutical company.

The Crobex went up by 0.89% to 1,867 points while the Crobex10 rose by 1.08% to 1,170 points.

Even though many European countries are in lockdown to prevent the third wave of the coronavirus epidemic, European stock markets are growing as investors hope economic recovery will accelerate.

Regular turnover on the Zagreb Stock Exchange today amounted to close to HRK 5 million, around HRK 400,000 more than on Monday.

The only stock that crossed the million kuna turnover mark was Podravka, which generated a turnover of HRK 1.05 million, with its price going up by 2.27% to HRK 540.

A total of 35 stocks traded today, with 12 of them recording share price increases, 6 registering price decreases and 17 remaining stable in price.

(€1 = HRK 7.567224)

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Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Porto Baroš to be New Marina for Super Yachts? Possible Expansion Outside Baroš Controversial

March 30, 2021 - The talk of the new marina for super yachts in Rijeka, Porto Baroš, brings both the hype of development and concerns for public interest.

Porto Baroš in Rijeka, a marina with the potential of 500 ties, is the subject of a public call to be assigned the concession for the next 30 years. The call offers the possibility of expanding to the travel port's entire area, reports the Rijeka-based Novi List daily newspaper. The call was open a month ago. The decision is expected to be known in the following ten days, after which the Ministry of Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure will decide to assign the concession that will be delivered to the Croatian government.

The trading company ACI-Gitone, owned by ACI (Adriatic Croatia International Club) and Lürssen (German yacht company), answered the public call with an investment offer of 363,7 million kunas.

As Novi List learns, ACI- Gitone plans to ask for the expansion of concession to the area owned by Rijeka Port Authority and currently functions as „the port for big yachts". If approved, the Rijeka marina would become the biggest in all of Croatia.

Oleg Butković, minister of the Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure, is very happy about the offer of ACI-Gitone.

„This investment makes me happy as we know that with such a marina capable of hosting megayachts comes a series of additional services. Rijeka and its surroundings must take such opportunity", said minister Butković.

Mayoral candidate critical of the offer

On the other hand, the left-green party Možemo! (We can!) mayoral candidate for Rijeka Nebojša Zelić is opposed to the investment, says Novi List.

Zelić adds he has no problem with the concession for Baroš, but he has issues with the idea of expanding concession to the larger area of Travel coast and Molo Longo.

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Nebojša Zelić, screenshot / Možemo! Politička platforma

„This is against public interest given that the concession is given to a minimum of 30 years and there is a possibility that the citizens could be denied access to the sea. That's problematic as it opposes the law of concessions which forbids changing the subject of the public call and in this case that is the expansion of the concession", said Zelić.

He points out that Rijeka's waterfront and Molo Longo unlike Baroš are not nautical tourism and that experience showed how much these places are valuable to the locals. „If these places are shabby, that's the problem of bad management by Rijeka's Port Authority and citizens can't be the hostages of bad management by the Port and the City of Rijeka", said Zelić. He also accused the leading party Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) for controlling the most valuable city property through Port Authorities. Zelić's party colleague Sandra Benčić said that the current General Urban plan in Rijeka disables nautical tourism port on Rijeka's waterfront and Moro Longo. She says that can change and that HDZ is counting on it if they get the majority in the city council on the upcoming local elections in May.

„I believe that Rijeka citizens will know to say no to denying access to the sea. We will publicly step out in front of the government to disrupt the expansion of the concession and prevent HDZ's interest being above the public's interest, and we will fight in the parliament too", announced Benčić.

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Friday, 26 March 2021

Zagreb Stock Exchange Indices Close Mixed

ZAGREB, 26 March, 2021 - The main Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) indices closed mixed on Friday, amid modest trading.

After falling for two days, the Crobex index rebounded slightly, rising by 0.09% to 1,848.06 points. The Crobex10, on the other hand, finished in the red for the third trading day, decreasing by 0.06% to 1,154.63 points.

Turnover at the close of the trading session was HRK 5.97 million, roughly the same as on Thursday.

The bulk of the turnover was generated by the stock of the Podravka food company, turning over HRK 3.4 million. The price of its share closed down 1.53% at HRK 516.

No other stock passed the turnover mark of one million kuna.

A total of 37 stocks traded today, with 14 of them recording share price increases, 10 registering price decreases and 10 remaining stable in price.

(€1 = HRK 7.570196)

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