The value of public procurement procedures fell about one-fifth, while the number dropped one-quarter in the first half from the same period a year earlier, showing the economic impact of the pandemic, the Public Procurement Authority told MTI. The 3,746 public procurement procedures had a value of about 1,346 billion forints (EUR 3.9bn).
A special epidemic action unit investigating coronavirus clusters will be isolating any groups that may be infected in order to prevent the virus from spreading further, a spokesman for the operative board coordinating Hungary’s response to the novel coronavirus epidemic said.
The fall in Hungary’s exports and imports continued to slow in June, recovering from a lockdown plunge in April, preliminary data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) show.
Hungary’s budget deficit, excluding local councils, reached 2,165 billion forints (EUR 6.3bn) at the end of July, widened by pandemic defence spending, economic stimulus and pre-financing for European Union-funded projects, the finance ministry said in a preliminary release of data.
Domestic travellers spent 672,000 guest nights at commercial accommodations in Hungary in June, rising closer to levels a year earlier, data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) show.
Government Spokeswoman Alexandra Szentkirályi told a press briefing that the government has decided to provide 2.12 billion forints (EUR 6.1m) of funding to support music festival and concert organisers whose business has been hard hit by the coronavirus crisis.
The management and unions of state-owned postal company Magyar Posta reached an agreement on remuneration that will raise wages by 8%, on average, and keep performance bonuses in place, Magyar Posta told MTI.
Industrial producer prices rose by an annual 3.1% in June, accelerating from 1.7% in May, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said.
New car registrations in Hungary dropped 21% from a year earlier to 12,045 in July, the Hungarian Association of Vehicle Importers (MGE) said.
Sales of the Hungarian Government Securities Plus bond for retail investors now exceed more than 4,700 billion forints (EUR 13.6bn), Finance Ministry state secretary András Tállai said in Saturday’s issue of daily Magyar Nemzet.