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Ukraine grain exports rise 47.5pc y/y to 4.7mn tonnes so far KIEV: Ukraine's grain exports rose by 47.5 percent to 4.7 million tonnes in the first two months of the 2014/15 season, the agriculture ministry said on Friday. The volume included 2.58 million tonnes of wheat, 1.70 million tonnes of barley and 377,000 tonnes of maize, the ministry said in a statement. It said that an additional 171,000 tonnes of grain were likely to leave Ukraine in the near future. The former Soviet republic plans to harvest no less than 63 million tonnes of grain this year, the ministry has said. Analyst and traders expect that grain exports could reach 30 million tonnes this season, which runs from July to June. The ministry said on Friday that farms had harvested 35.5 million tonnes of grain as of Aug. 29.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Sugar set for monthly fall, cocoa steady LONDON: ICE raw sugar futures edged up on Friday but were set to fall by 5 percent on the month, pressured by plentiful near-term supplies, while cocoa was little changed in light month-end trading.Arabica coffee eased in choppy dealings, but was underpinned by a forecast by trader Neumann earlier this week for a lower Brazilian 2015/16 coffee crop, affected by long-term damage from drought. Volume was light in the ICE softs markets ahead of Monday's ...
Gold up for 3rd day on Ukraine tensions, softer equities LONDON: Gold rose for a third straight session on Thursday as tensions between Ukraine and Russia increased and equity markets fell, but the rebound could be short-lived due to strong U.S. data and prospects of a U.S. interest rate rise.Gold rose as much as one percent and was up 0.7 percent at $1,291.70 an ounce by 1409 GMT, heading for its first weekly gain in three. It has traded in a narrow range in the ...
Copper hit by Ukraine tensions, aluminium nearby supply tightens LONDON: Copper prices fell on Thursday, under pressure from escalating tensions in Ukraine and worse-than-expected euro zone economic sentiment, while falls in aluminium prices were kept in check by tightening availability of near-term supplies.Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) fell 1.5 percent to $6,925.50 a tonne at 1428 GMT.Three-month LME aluminium fell 0.5 percent to $2,074 a tonne, erasing earlier gains as risk appetite was sapped by Ukraine accusing Russia of bringing troops ...
Sugar slips as heavy stocks weigh, cocoa up LONDON: ICE raw sugar futures eased towards a seven-month low on Thursday, under pressure from ample supply and heavy world stocks.Cocoa prices rose, while arabica coffee hovered around the key psychological level of $2.00, holding onto most of the week's gains.Dealers said the sugar market was caught between the near-term outlook for brisk sugar output in top grower Brazil's harvest that would build up stocks and expectations of an earlier-than-usual end to the cane crush."The ...
Gold up for 3rd day on softer dollar, Ukraine tensions LONDON: Gold rose for a third straight session on Thursday due to a softer dollar and equity markets as tensions between Ukraine and Russia ratcheted up, but the metal's rebound could be short lived on prospects of a U.S. interest rate hike.Gold gained 0.7 percent to $1,291.00 an ounce by 1001 GMT, holding above the 200-day moving average of $1,284 and heading for its first weekly gain in three. The metal has traded in a ...
LME aluminium edges up on tightening near-term supply LONDON: Aluminium prices edged higher on Thursday amid tightening availability of near-term supplies, but activity on metals markets was thin after tension rose in Ukraine and European economic sentiment slid.Three-month aluminium on the London Metal Exchange added 0.2 percent to $2,089 a tonne by 0946 GMT.The metal used in transport and packaging has gained 12 percent since early July as some investors expect the market to go into deficit due to strong demand from the ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 15, 2014
Reserves $13.922 bln