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Turkey’s Foreign Trade Deficit Falls by 4.7% in January

Turkey's foreign trade deficit fell by 4.7% year on year in January to $7 billion, according to the Turkish statistics bureau. The figures were welcome news especially as exports increased by 8.6% year on year to reach $10.4 billion, whereas imports rose by a mere 2.8% to reach $17.4 billion,...

Posted on 01 March 2012

Turkey’s unemployment down for second month running

Istanbul, 16 February 2012 - The Turkish Statistical Institute has announced that for the second month in a row the Turkish unemployment rate has fallen. The rate for November 2011 fell to 9.1 percent which also compares with 11 percent for November 2010. The total number of unemployed is just...

Posted on 17 February 2012

BT to Double Turkish Investment Create Global Satellite Hub

British Telecom has announced sweeping plans to make Istanbul not only a regional hub for its business (along with Dubai and Johannesburg, South Africa), but also a "Global Center of Satellite Excellence", according to aid Luis Alvarez, president in charge of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Speaking at...

Posted on 17 February 2012

Turkey’s exports expected to increase 11.4 percent in 2012

Istanbul, 26 January 2012 - According to Mr Mehmet Buyukeksi, Chairman of the Turkish Exporters Assembly, Turkey’s exports should reach 150 billion USD in 2012. In the first 25 days of 2012 Turkey’s exports increased by over 13 percent compared to the same period of 2011. “2012 will be a...

Posted on 27 January 2012

Turkey’s Foreign Direct Investment up 70% in 2011

19 January 2012, Gaziantep - Speaking in the SE city of Gaziantep, Mr Ilker Ayci, President of Turkey’s 'Investment Support and Promotion Agency', said “Turkey has attracted 70 percent more FDI in the first 11 months of 2011 over the same period of the preceding year, reaching USD 12.1 billion”...

Posted on 19 January 2012

Current Account Deficit Begins Descent

Last year saw Turkish exports grow at an incredible clip, leading analysts and commentators (including ourselves) to predict that it would eventually start to bring down the current account deficit, which is an important economic indicator and one of the few blemishes left to negatively color the Turkish economy. Well,...

Posted on 13 January 2012

Turkey Starts 2012 One of Strongest Economies in World

We all heard a lot about the Turkish economy in 2011 I know I wrote a lot about it and the reports are still coming in now. As always, it takes time to prepare final figures for the entire year, but if the reports we have seen so far are...

Posted on 11 January 2012

Turkish exports reach a new high

3 January 2012, Ankara - Despite the global downturn Turkey’s 2011 exports reached an all time high exceeding 2010 by 18.2 percent and amounting to nearly 135 billion USD. According to data from TIM (the Turkish Exporters Assembly) the manufacture of motor vehicles showed the largest sector for exports amounting...

Posted on 03 January 2012

“Istanbul is one of the most exciting and interesting cities of Europe, if not the world”

3 January 2012, Ankara  - The man who coined the phrase BRIC economies the world renowned economist and Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management Mr Jim O’Neill predicts the next 10 years will see another set of emerging powers including Turkey taking over. In a recent interview O’Neill said “If...

Posted on 03 January 2012

Turkey Continues to Impress for all the Right Reasons

It is no surprise that foreign direct investment is flooding into Turkey, because unlike many countries at the moment, there is no reason to be scared of investing. Turkey is in Europe, but not in the Eurozone and has been growing strongly throughout the European financial crisis. Even now as...

Posted on 09 December 2011