World Cup to add 0.1-0.2 percentage points to Russia's GDPStaff Writer | June 16, 2018
The holding of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will increase Russia's Growth Domestic Products (GDP) in 2018 by 0.1 to 0.2 percentage points, the country's central bank said.
Sport Governor of the Russian central bank Elvira Nabiullina
Meanwhile, the head of the bank said the World Cup will have little influence on Russia's inflation, with only short-time effects in certain cities and on certain goods and services, primarily consumed by tourists.
She also expressed hope that the games will only have a positive impact on "expectations and sentiments" of both Russian citizens and foreign guests.
According to its press service, the central bank forecasts Russia's annual GDP growth in 2018 to be 1.5 to 2 percent, and annual inflation 3.5 to 4 percent at the end of the year.
The 2018 World Cup kicked off on Thursday and is scheduled to be held till July 15, with a total of 64 matches to be played at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities. ■