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Investing in property in Europe were slow at the beginning of the year

Investments in real estate in Europe have slowed significantly in the first quarter of 2012. The volume of deals for the period was 17.7 billion against 20 billion in the first three months of the last year and 26 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011. Overall, however, recent quarters have high activity of investors as buyers and sellers seek to reach agreement before the end of the year.

According to CBRE data the volume of transactions in Europe dropped by 18% in the first quarter compared to the same period last year and 31% from the fourth quarter of 2011. The trend is only the Scandinavian region, where volumes increased by 50% compared with the first three months of last year.

Markets in the region are favorable for a stable financial situation and better prospects for economic growth, experts explain the company.

Sweden continues to be a key objective for many investors, and increasing interest of foreign investors in other Scandinavian countries.

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Gasoline prices in Europe

Eastern Europe is catching their Western counterparts in prices of motor fuels, finds study of the British website Drive Alive.
The reduction of the difference, however, is just beginning, and so far the largest amounts of gas stations left Norwegians – per 1.86 euros per liter for unleaded A95, although their country is one of the world’s largest oil exporters. Quite a bit cheaper to fill in Italy: € 1.83 per liter. Third costliness ranks Denmark with 1.77 euros per liter. From the Western Europe, gasoline is cheaper in Spain: € 1.38 per liter.

Eastern Europe, however, is quickly reducing the gap with its Western neighbors. In Poland, people already pay 1.47 euros per liter, while in Latvia and the Czech Republic – per 1.48 euros. In Slovenia, prices rose by 12% over the past two months, to 1.53 euros per liter.

In Bulgaria, a liter of gas A95 is around 2.69 lev (€ 1.35) and the prestigious A 98 – by 2.85 lev / l (1.43 euros). According to the Bulgarian Petroleum and Gas Association, if it be found to the Iranian crisis in oil supply, we can expect prices to jump 3 lev per liter.

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