Latest articles from Central & Eastern Europe

HSBC reclaims region’s top rank

September 5, 2005

The global giant clambers back up to number one and a different picture emerges as M&As filter through.

Albania’s slow awakening

August 1, 2005

As the economy continues to expand, foreign banks are gradually moving into Albania, with growth in lending and consolidation. Kerin Hope reports.

UniCredit steals a march on the competition

August 1, 2005

Italy’s UniCredit has bolstered its presence in the ‘new Europe’ with its purchase of HVB. But, as Nick Spiro reports, integration will present it with a real challenge.

Building blocks for leadership

August 1, 2005

Vneshtorgbank is using its acquisition of Guta Bank to build up its retail services, planning more branches and aiming for a leading role in the mortgage market. By Brian Caplen.
Russian state-owned Vneshtorgbank is pushing ahead on the retail front, aiming to claim an 8%-10% share of the market by 2010. During that period, total assets are expected to rise from $15bn to $35bn, including a forecast rise in mortgages from $150m to $2bn and in consumer lending from $300m to $3bn.

Ukraine leads Russia into EU

August 1, 2005

Ukraine and Russia will be in the EU within the next 15 years, argue Peter Schwartz and Chris Coldewey, with Ukraine in pole position.

Banks pile in to join Baltic boom

July 4, 2005

Ben Aris reports on the banking sector surge in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, spurred on by EU accession and foreign interest in the market.

Another chance to tap a promising market

July 4, 2005

A second round of consolidation and privatisation has begun in Romania’s banking sector, offering attractive propositions for growth. Matei Paun reports.

No let up in ambition

July 4, 2005

Raiffeisen International has been highly successful in entering new markets in central and eastern Europe and it now has plans for dramatic organic growth in Russia, CEO Herbert Stepic tells Stephen Timewell.

Banking on Russia 2005

July 4, 2005

Following a year of ups and downs in the Russian economy, The Banker’s conference on May 11 attracted a good crowd, interested in the latest developments, reports Gerry O’Kane.

Consumer lending

July 4, 2005

In recent years, there has been a rapid increase in consumer lending. At the same time, despite high average annual growth rates in this segment for the past three years (48%-50%), the market is set to expand further. The retail loans/GDP ratio is not more than 3% compared with 74% in the US, 52% in the EU and an average of 20% in the developing countries.

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