Latvian ports seek cargo
Over the last few years Latvian ports have been experiencing a decline in cargo transfers due to Russia's strategic decision to divert cargo to help develop their own ports, however despite port management reforms, the ports are continuing to seek new ways to attract cargo, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on January 22.
S-Class Mercedes uses Latvian technology
One of the most important Latvian scientific accomplishments of the year, the development of a new direct current power supply system for manufacturing, has made its way to the new Daimler AG car factory in Germany, helping to make the S-Class Mercedes Benz more cheaply by using less electricity, according to Latvian television's “Rīga Panorāma” broadcast on January 20.
Left bank alliance activists raise alarm over Rail Baltica plans
The unofficial “left bank alliance”, which is made up of neighborhood associations from the Āgenskalns, Bieriņi, Torņakalns and Zasulauks suburbs of Rīga, has expressed alarm over the planning of the Rail Baltica rail route, concerned that the once-in-a-century project could create a barrier bisecting the area and upend traffic with complicated crossings, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on January 16.
Watch live: Foreign Investors' Council in Latvia Sentiment Index
January 15 sees the presentation at the Stockholm School of Economics in Rīga of the annual Foreign Investors' Council in Latvia (FICIL) Sentiment Index, which has become an important economic indicator for businesses, commentators and policymakers alike. 
Wine producers demand additional tax breaks
Small wine producers have teamed up with fruit and berry processors to propose a broader application of seasonal worker income tax reductions to promote worker registration, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on January 14.
Popular fashion brands Monton and Mosaic to be merged
Baltic fashion company Baltika Group, which operates the Monton and Mosaic fashion stores in Latvia, as well as Ivo Nikkolo and Baltman, announced January 13 that Monton and Mosaic will be merged under a single brand in future.
Landmark 'Z-Towers' move closer to opening
Two impossible-to-miss buildings of the Rīga skyline that have been growing but unused for more than a decade moved closer to opening their doors at last January 10 when the Rīga City Construction Board issued a positive verdict on the commissioning of the "Z-Towers" high-rise blocks, representatives of developer AS Towers Construction Management informed the media.
Latvian inflation up on year, down on month
The latest data released January 10 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in December 2019, compared to December 2018, the average level of consumer prices rose by 2.3 %.
Unemployment reached 6.2% last year
According to the State Employment Agency (NVA), 6.2% (57,808 persons) of economically active Latvian citizens were registered as unemployed at the end of 2019, which is 0.4% (53,783 persons) higher than the previous month, the LETA news agency reported January 10.
Rīga Port transshipments decrease 10.1%
Last year 32.762 million tonnes of cargo were transferred at the Freeport of Riga, which is 10.1% less than in 2018, according to information from the port on January 9.