Google has suspended licenses for the use of its software on Android smart phones sold in Turkey. The decision came in light of a fine imposed on Google by Turkey's Competition Board in September 2018 in the sum of 93 million TL. This process could culminate in the company completely withdrawing from Turkey, according to local media reports.
Turkey will import horse and donkey meat from Sudan as part of the Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement that was approved in parliament's Foreign Affairs Commission last week. Some 500 tons of horse, donkey and mule meat, as well as 500 tons of animal giblets, including those of the aforementioned animals, will be imported from Sudan without Turkey implementing any customs tariffs.
Finance Minister Berat Albayrak has denied criticism regarding the budget not being spent for the public, saying that some 333,9 billion Turkish Liras are paid as salaries and social security premium payments for 3,4 million public employees. When asked about the reason for why the 853,8 billion lira tax revenue target that was determined for 2019 was not met, Albayrak pointed to tax rate discounts that were made to "support economic revival and the fight against inflation."
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman set a Feb. 10 hearing date for Turkey's Halkbank and ordered federal prosecutors to prepare by Jan. 3 possible penalties should the bank continue to ignore the sanctions evasions charges filed against it. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan on Oct. 15 charged the bank with taking party in a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran.
Turkey saw a 10.56 percent annual hike in consumer prices in November, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) said on Dec. 3. Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said "a little" increase took place, as he commented on the double-digit figures.
The United States is considering launching an investigation into digital services taxes of Turkey, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has said.
According to a study conducted by a confederation of Turkish labor unions, overall expenses in October of this year increased by 36.9 percent. Meanwhile, the prices of electricity, natural gas, and fuel have risen by 60, 52, and 30 percent respectively. A lengthy list of prices increases concerning everything from food to furniture to electricity and fuel has weighed heavily upon shopkeepers.
The Turkish economy grew by 0.4 percent in the third quarter compared with the previous quarter on seasonal and calendar adjusted basis, the Turkish Statistical Institute said on Dec. 2. Compared with the same quarter of 2018, the Turkish economy expanded by 0.9 percent, the agency said.
Car sales have dropped below the market expectations of 600 yearly sales, which might force dealerships to shrink operations or even close. As a result of the economic crisis, the industry average for yearly sales had dropped from 1 million to 620 thousand last year, and are expected to drop further to 470 thousand.
Morgan Stanley is reportedly investigating suspected mismarking of securities to conceal losses of as much as $140 million in a portfolio handled day-to-day by London-based Scott Eisner, a 2014 Yale University graduate and associate at the firm. The wager was claimed to be tied to the Turkish lira, a currency that whipsawed investors in 2018 and earlier in 2019 amid mounting political tensions.
U.S. federal prosecutors have opposed Halkbank's request to make a “special appearance” in the Southern District of New York court to fight the charges that it helped Iran evade sanctions. The Turkish state-owned bank submitted such a request to seek dismissal of the case without it having to formally accept and answer the charges.
Turkish carrier Atlas Global Airlines has announced that it's temporarily suspending all its flights until Dec. 21. "The recent problems and the economic burden it brought about, as well as the major increase in logistic and operational costs stemming from moving to the new airport in April removed our possibility of making up for the costs we suffered in 2016/2017," the company said.
Based on a November study, the labor union Turk-İş has determined that the current hunger threshold for a family of four in Turkey is 2102 TL per month, while the poverty threshold for a family of the same size is 6489 TL. Regarding food products and other necessities, the study indicated the average monthly budget for a family has increased by 522 TL since last year.
Turkey's Koç Holding said there were ongoing negotiations with UniCredit on the reorganization of the shareholder structures of Koç Financial Services (KFS) and Yapı Kredi (YKB) “in such a manner to ensure that the parties shall not reach direct or indirect majority of YKB."
UniCredit has struck a deal to reduce its exposure to Turkey’s Yapı Kredi, a move seen as a first step toward the Italian bank’s full exit from the recession-hit country. As part of the plan, UniCredit will sell its 50 percent stake in its joint venture Koç Financial Services - which controls Yapı Kredi - to its partner Koç Holding.