Citizens pay later // Installment payments are growing faster than other consumer loans

By the end of the year, the volume of the installment services market (BNPL) may reach 8 billion rubles. While these are hundredths of a percent in the total volume of consumer lending, however, according to experts, the market will grow faster than other segments. First of all, this will happen due to an increase … Read more

Fake saury surfaced in the networks // The volume of fake canned food is growing

The fall in incomes of the population provoked the growth of counterfeit canned fish, which are sold in retail in millions of cans. Some producers under the guise of expensive saury sell, for example, cheap sardines. But, despite the existing system “Mercury”, which allows to identify substitution, regulators under current regulations cannot withdraw such products … Read more

Huawei seemed to buyers // Brand stores work, but do not sell

As Kommersant found out, Huawei stores do not even sell phones and laptops displayed in shop windows to visitors. Problems in the main part of the Russian retail of Huawei arose against the backdrop of a dispute between the store management company and the manufacturer. Kommersant’s sources say that Huawei has stopped direct deliveries of … Read more

School incompleteness // Yuri Litvinenko on the difficulties of choosing a computer for the school year

There are less than two weeks left before the start of the new school year, and by September 1, parents have been buying not only stationery, but also electronics by September 1. You can come up with different requirements for what store marketers call a “study computer.” But, in any case, it should definitely be … Read more

Increase in global balances // IMF predicts growth in global surpluses and deficits

Rising energy prices and the conflict in Ukraine will further increase the global current account balance this year to $3.9 trillion (3.8% of global GDP), according to a new report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). An excess of global volume of deficits and surpluses, according to the organization, can increase protectionism and increase trade … Read more

Services have pulled up consumption // But the growth of business activity in this area may be short-lived

With improved business activity in the services sector, the composite PMI rose to its highest since mid-2021 in July. The main reason for this is the increase in domestic demand. However, the demand for services, which increased from the second half of June, began to shrink again by the end of July. Growth in consumer … Read more

Personnel and employers have decided in doubts // Monitoring of the labor market

Russian employers are not sure how their business will develop until the end of 2022, and cannot yet determine a short-term personnel strategy. Such a conclusion can be drawn from the study of the recruitment company Ventra “Labor Market Challenges 2022: the view of employees and employers.” As follows from the results of the survey … Read more

The well-being figure // Experts compared the online skills of Russians and residents of OECD countries

The conditions created in the Russian Federation for enjoying the benefits of digitalization are generally comparable to those in the OECD countries, there is a lag in a number of parameters, but it is insignificant. Experts from the HSE Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK) came to this conclusion after comparing Russian … Read more

The SME sector is adapting to the new reality // Monitoring of business activity

New data on business activity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) showed an improvement in sentiment in this sector. Based on a survey of 1.8 thousand companies, the RSBI index (determined by the study of PSB, Opora Rossii and Magram Market Research) rose from 48.4 points in May to 50.5 points in June. In contrast … Read more