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Firefox triumphs over Microsoft Internet Explorer

Online trends of the half-year show Mozilla Firefox has experienced the greatest changes by becoming top web browser and beating the long-time leader – Microsoft Internet Explorer, according to Gemius Latvia survey.

Unemployment drops to 12.1% in July

As of late July 2011, unemployment hits 12.1% of all the economically active population, which is 0.5% percentage points less than in June, according to the State Employment Agency.

One in five travellers has visited Baltic States without passport

One in five or 20% of travellers from Latvia admit they have at least once forgotten their passport at home when going on a trip to other Baltic States. Moreover, one in ten respondents have left their passport at home more than once.

Brent surges over 105 dollars with US Federal Reserves supporting economy

On Wednesday, August 10, Brent crude edged up 3 dollars after the U.S. Federal Reserve pledged to near interest rates close to zero.

Speed cameras not to mean job cuts

There are no grounds for worry voiced over job cuts at the police as soon as more speed cameras are installed on Latvian roads, says Ints Kuzis, Chief of the State Police.

Study: iPad competitors have better chance in Europe

Future rivals to Apple’s product iPad have more chances in Europe than in the United States of America, but they must slash their prices not to lose this opportunity, according to Forrester, IT research firm.

Gold price jumps record-high for second consecutive day

Gold price has surged over 3%, beating all the previous records and mounting over 1 770 U.S. dollars per ounce. Such a rise was affected by plummeting stock market and concerns over relapsing into economic recession after Standard & Poor's slashed the U.S. credit rating.

GDP likely to spike 5.3% in July

Compared to the same quarter last year, the GDP rose 5.3% in the second quarter of 2011, according to seasonally unadjusted data, suggest the Central Statistical Bureau’s flash estimates.

Ober-Haus: Riga apartment prices surge 5.8% year-to-year

If comparing to July 2010, the average price of non-renovated apartments in Riga was up about 5.8% year-to-year (576 euro/m2), according to Ober-Haus market review.

Foreign trade grows 28.7% in June

In June 2011, the overall foreign trade turnover at current prices mounted to 1056.8 million lats – 7.9% or 91.2 million lats less than last month, while 28.7% or 235.6 million lats more than last June, according to the Central Statistical Bureau’s provisional data.

Estonia’s import surges 33% in June

In June 2011, Estonia’s import at current prices hit one billion euro – a rise of 33% year-on-year, according to Statistics Estonia. In the first half of 2011, imports went up 49% in annual terms.

Estonian exports up 54% in June

Estonian exports grew 54% during the first half of this year, compared to a year earlier.

Everyone to use e-signature in two years

After two years, absolutely all residents of Latvia will use the e-signature, forecasts Jānis Bokta, chairman of the Latvian State Radio and Television Centre board.


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