Overview of payment practices by market

Payment Practices Barometer | Eastern Europe

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Country overview

Czech Republic

A resilient or vulnerable economy?

Economic expansion in the Czech Republic is forecast to remain positive over the coming months, with an average growth rate of about 3% this year.


Reliance on cash payment risks limiting trade

Economic expansion in Bulgaria is expected to lose some momentum in 2019, but should remain strong at above 3%, spurred by robust household spending, strong wage growth and an improving labour market


Trade protection to ensure long-term business

Economic growth in Hungary gained momentum recently, with real GDP gains expected to reach 4.4% this year.


Higher insolvency levels ahead

Real GDP growth in Poland is forecast to reach 4.4% this year, slowing down to 3.6% in 2020.


Expected upsurge in corporate insolvencies

Economic growth in Romania is expected to slow down to around 3.0%-3.1% this year, and to sink below 3% in 2020.


Strong private consumption and export growth

Real GDP growth in Slovakia is forecast to remain strong – 3.3% – this year and to slow slightly down to 3.2% in 2020.


Uncertain economic outlook

Financial conditions in Turkey will be tighter in the coming months.

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