5.0% In the first quarter of 2019, annual manufacturing output growth stood at 5.0%.

EXPERT'S COMMENT

Daina Paula

economist, Latvijas Banka
Along with rather unfavourable developments in the external economic environment, including high uncertainty surrounding the prospects for global trade negotiations, protectionist pressures in some industries, a delayed Brexit as well as lower estimates for global growth, the flash estimate published by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia suggests that Latvia's economy has slowed down quite substantially in the first quarter of 2019.

Oļegs Krasnopjorovs

economist, Latvijas Banka
It is not possible to reach the level of German well-being with Romanian price level; along with an increase in income, prices will also rise.

Kristofers Pone

economist, Latvijas Banka
Current account deficit totalled 283 million euro or 1.0% of GDP in 2018. Foreign direct investment reached 380 million euro or 4.8% of GDP in net terms in the fourth quarter.

Ieva Opmane

economist, Latvijas Banka
Latvia's employment continued on an upward trend in 2018. The number of the employed rose by 14.6 thousand, while that of the unemployed contracted only by 12.6 thousand.

Daina Pelēce

economist, Latvijas Banka
Latvia's exports of goods continue to benefit from global economic growth.
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