Fiscal Balance in Latvia
Latvia - Fiscal Balance
Latvia reduces fiscal deficit ahead of EU-IMF schedule
On 8 June, the European Commission (EC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved the next loan program agreement with Latvia. This was part of the bailout the country secured two years ago, which allows the country to borrow up to EUR 100 million (USD 146 million). However, owing to the better-than-expected financial and fiscal position, the government decided not to borrow the agreed amount. In fact, in the fourth review under the Stand-by Arrangement, the IMF praised the government's strong spending discipline, which reduced the fiscal deficit to 7.7% of GDP in 2010, well below the 8.5% of GDP target. In addition, authorities anticipate that, on the back of the strong austerity measures adopted by the government in its December budget, this year's fiscal deficit will shrink below 4.5% of GDP. The unused funds are to be transferred to the next tranche, which will be released before the assistance expires on 19 January of 2012. Meanwhile, on 6 June, credit agency Moody's upgraded Latvia's credit outlook from stable to positive, citing the country's ongoing recovery, the consolidation of its public finances, as well as its progress towards meeting the criteria necessary in order to join the euro area.
Latvia - Fiscal Balance Data
|Fiscal Balance (% of GDP)||-1.2||-1.5||-1.4||0.1||-0.5|
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|Bond Yield||0.55||0.0 %||Jun 30|
|Exchange Rate||1.14||0.65 %||Jan 16|
|Stock Market||973||0.17 %||Jan 16|
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January 16, 2019
Consumer prices fell 0.4% from the previous month in December, compared to a near-flat reading in the previous month (November: - 0.1% month-on-month).
January 3, 2019
According to Latvia’s Central Statistical Bureau, industrial output fell 0.6% in working day-adjusted year-on-year terms in November, improving somewhat from the 1.9% drop recorded in October.
December 12, 2018
Consumer prices fell 0.1% from the previous month in November, compared to a 0.7% month-on-month increase in October.
December 3, 2018
Industrial output fell 1.9% in October from the same month last year, the second consecutive month of contraction (September: -1.2% year-on-year).
November 30, 2018
A comprehensive GDP release confirmed that annual growth lost some traction in the third quarter, coming in at 4.7% (previously reported: +4.8% year-on-year), down from 5.3% in the second quarter.