CEOs expect Economic growth in Hungary, trade surplus up

CEOs expect Economic growth in Hungary, trade surplus up

Hungarian chief executives are confident about their company’s growth prospects over the next 12 months, but are less optimistic about Hungarian and global economic growth, consulting company PwC said, based on a survey it conducted in the fourth quarter last year.

PwC found that 89% of Hungarian company bosses are confident that their company’s revenue will grow in the next 12 months, 56% predicted the Hungarian economy will keep growing but only 39% said that the global economy would expand. In PwC’s previous annual survey 84% of CEOs said their company’s revenue would grow, 59% said the same about

the Hungarian economy and 54% predicted global economic growth. Hungarian and global CEOs are very much of the same mind on growth, threats to growth, and on finding and retaining talent. They are planning to increase headcount, while they continue to be challenged by skills shortages and overregulation, said Nick Kos, PwC Hungary’s Country Managing Partner. Hungarian CEOs consider Germany the most important country for their company’s growth prospect, with 41% of respondents putting it in the top place, followed by the US, Romania, Russia and Slovakia. Business chiefs worry about the shortage of qualified professionals amid plans to increase headcount over the next year. Only 13% of top executives plan to lay off workers, Anita Mekler, a partner at PwC’s Tax and Legal Services noted. PwC interviewed the CEOs of 186 Hungarian companies between October and December 2016. The survey was conducted in cooperation with national business association MGYOSZ.

Hungary trade surplus reaches Eur 658 million in January

Hungary posted a 658 million euro trade surplus in January, expanding by 42 million from the same month a year earlier, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said in a first reading of data on Friday. Exports climbed 14.3% to 7.731 billion euros while imports were up 15.1% at 7.072 billion.

Analysts interviewed by MTI said they expected the trade surplus to fall this year, although it will probably remain high.

Gergely Suppan of Takarékbank said export growth could continue in the coming months but the trade surplus is expected to fall to around 8.7 billion euros this year from 9.93 billion last year on growing investments and higher oil prices.

Dávid Nemeth of K&H Bank forecast an 8.5 billion euro trade surplus for 2017.

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