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Vienna International Basic Resources Industry News

Slovakia: US Steel to Keep Producing in Kosice

US Steel and the Slovak government have come to an agreement which allows the steel manufacturer to stay in Eastern Slovakia.

April 8, 2013

Russia: Economic Growth Below Expectations

The Russian economy is flatlining. The government and the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) blame each other for the current state of affairs.

April 8, 2013

Eder: Future of Voestalpine and Steel Manufacturing Industry

In an interview CEO of voestalpine, Wolfgang Eder explains the current situation on the steel market and points out that mass products will come from CESEE countries in the future.

April 4, 2013

New opportunities for Lithuanian and Turkish business

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė together with Turkish leader Abdullah Gül opened the Lithuania-Turkey business forum.

April 4, 2013

Slovakia: Industrial Production Increases by 4.1 %

Production still driven by the automotive industry. Industrial production in January 2013 increased month-on-month by 4.1%.

April 3, 2013

Slovakia: Economic Sentiment Indicator Increased to 90.4

The three-month moving average of economic sentiment indicator (ESI) increased by 1,8 points to 90,4 compared with the previous month´s value.

March 30, 2013

Serbia: Financial Underhand Practices Discovered

Financial underhand practices had lead to losses of € 700m for the Serbian state.

March 30, 2013

Hungary: Economic Growth Only in 2014

The MNB, the National Bank of Hungary estimates economic growth to further stagnate in 2013 but forcasts positive devolopments for the next year.

March 29, 2013

Strikes Paralyze Poland

Protests against government’s changes in education, social and labor policy.

March 27, 2013

Czech Republic: Confidence in Domestic Economy Inreased Marginally

Overall confidence in domestic economy increased slightly in March. The composite confidence indicator (economic sentiment indicator) increased by 0.2 points compared to February.

March 25, 2013

Hungary: Gross Earnings Increased Marginally

In the national economy – at corporations employing at least 5 persons, budgetary and designated non-profit institutions – average gross earnings increased by 2.5%, while net earnings excluding family tax benefits grew by 3.9% compared to 2011.

March 21, 2013

Austria: How to Keep Enterprises (from Drifting Away)

At the moment, there is a subtle fear in Austria’s economy that large enterprises are going to outsource to foreign countries which is currently the case with voestalpine.

March 19, 2013

Poland: Inflation Decreasing

Declining inflation was supported by weaker demand and cost pressures in the economy, decrease in energy price growth as well as zloty exchange rate stronger than a year ago.

March 15, 2013

Hungary: Orban Rejects Criticisms

After making amendments to the Hungarian constitution, Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his leading Fidezs party have to face harsh criticisms. EU Justice Commissoner Viviane Reding announced to take measures.

March 15, 2013

Czech Republic: Industrial Production Decreased by 4.1%

In January 2013, industrial production decreased at constant prices by 4.1%, year-on-year. Compared to the previous month, seasonally adjusted industrial production was the same as in December 2012. The value of new orders decreased by 7.6%, y-o-y.

March 15, 2013

Slovakia: CPI Remains Constant

In February, compared with January, consumer prices did not change in total. Increase in prices only in Education, Food and Health Industry.

March 14, 2013

Austria: AMAG EBITA Dropped in 2012

The Amag Group achieved sales of 814.2 mEUR in the fiscal year 2012 and continues on the prior year's level of 813.1 m EUR despite the average price of aluminium falling 370 USD/t.

March 14, 2013

Slovak Unemployment Rate on the Rise

In January, compared with January 2012, the employment decreased in five surveyed sectors.

March 14, 2013

Andritz Lands Major Contract With Mondi

Andritz to support Mondi’s program for energy optimization and environmental protection with supply of state of the art plants and technologies

March 12, 2013

Slovakia: 3.4 % Increase in Industrial Production

Slovakia's industrial output grew 3.4 percent year-on-year in January, the Slovak Statistics Office (ŠÚ) informed on Monday, March 11.

March 12, 2013

Czech Republic: Slight Increase of Consumer Price Index

Consumer prices in February increased by 0.1% compared with January. This rise came primarily from price increases in 'transport' and 'recreation and culture'. The year-on-year growth of consumer prices decelerated to 1.7% in February (1.9% in January).

March 11, 2013

Czech Republic: GDP Decreasing by 2.1%

The gross domestic product adjusted for price, seasonal, and calendar effects decreased according to the refined estimate by 1.2% compared to 2011; the decrease was gradually deepening during the year.

March 11, 2013

Austria: RHI Faces Downsizing

RHI, the Austrian manufacturing company of fireproof equipment for steel and cement factories, needs to economize and is considering closing down in Europe.

March 9, 2013

Lithuania: Exports Decreased by 7.6 % in January

Foreign trade in January 2013 decreased. Major losses in Agricultural sector.

March 8, 2013

Estonia: Hope For Employment Rate to Increase

Employment continued to grow at the end of 2012.

March 8, 2013

Hungary: Austrian Farmers on the Verge of Dispossession

A new regulation should help Hungarians prevent from "greedy speculators".

March 8, 2013

Hungary: Industrial Production Continues Decreasing

According to preliminary data, the Hungarian industrial production decreased by 1.4% in January.

March 7, 2013

Hungary: Expropriation of Foreign Farmers

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced further steps and plans the dispossession of foreign investors.

March 7, 2013

Romania: Slight Increase of GDP for 2012 at 0.1 % on Y/Y Comparison

Record decrease at 24.6 % in agriculture, industrial production better off with decrease of 2.4 %. The highest increase was recorded in IT and communication, services and health/social assistance.

March 6, 2013

Latvia: Drop in Industrial Productivity by 3.5 %

Data of the Central Statistical Bureau show that, in comparison with December 2012, industrial production in January 2013 has declined by 3.5 %

March 6, 2013

Estonia: Turnover in Business Sector Increased by 7 %

2012 proves to be a successful year for the business sector

March 6, 2013

Slovakia: Gross Domestic Product Rose in Q 4 of 2012

Compared to Q 3 of 2012 this means an increase of 0.2 %, by y/y the GDP rose by 2 %.

March 6, 2013

“Austrian Industry Still Taking a Breather”

Signs of a stabilisation emerging in employment. |Reduced cost pressure as a result of current price trends. | Delayed spring awakening in industry may provide too little support for a GDP increase in the first quarter of 2013.

March 5, 2013

Romania: Moderate Growth in Manufacturing and Construction Industry

Trends in the evolution of economic activity during: February - April 2013.

March 1, 2013

Austria: Wienerberger in the Red

Results for 2012:Group revenues: € 2,356 million (+23% versus 2011). Operating EBITDA: € 246 million (+2% versus 2011). After tax loss: € 41 million.

February 26, 2013

Czech Republic: Trends in 2012

Export and Import Price Indices and Price Indices for International Transport

February 25, 2013

Czech Republic: Agrofert Takes Over German Bakery Chain Lieken

Barilla, the world’s leading manufacturer of pasta products, announced that it had fixed a deal with the Czech company Agrofert to sell the German baking enterprise, Lieken AG.

February 25, 2013

Austria: Agrana Looking for New Market Shares in CEE and CESEE

CEO explains why Croatia and Serbia might be interesting settings

February 25, 2013 · Updated: February 25, 2013; 18:53

Agrana Expanding in the US

The Austrian sugar, starch and fruit company Agrana is expanding its market presence in North America by constructing a fruit preparation plant in the Northeastern Region of the US.

February 22, 2013

Voestalpine: CEO Eder Cautiously Optimistic

CEO Wolfgang Eder anticipates an economic recovery in the second half of 2013. Despite the difficult framework conditions, voestalpine´s management retains the earnings forecast.

February 7, 2013

Hungary: Production of Main crops Decreases Sharply in 2012

In 2012, 25% less cereals were produced on a 2% larger area than in the previous year.

January 21, 2013

Voestalpine: Major Investments in U.S.

The Austrian steel company wants to build a steel plant for $ 1.0bn in the U.S.

December 17, 2012 · Updated: December 17, 2012; 14:53

Steel Industry: „Up to 100,000 Jobs Endangered“

Wolfgang Eder, CEO of the Austrian steel company voestalpine, warns of the persistently high oversupply in the European steel industry.

November 17, 2012

Declining Profit at Mayr-Melnhof

Sales remained almost stable, net income was down by 20%. Regarding the near future, the company is cautious.

November 15, 2012

Wienerberger: Earnings Up, Profits Down

Today, the Austrian brick group has published the results for the first nine months of 2012. Group revenues were up by 18%. Net profit declined by 26%.

November 13, 2012

Voestalpine: Eder Does Not Exclude to Leave Austria

Wolfgang Eder, CEO of the Austrian steel company voestalpine, underlines to stay in Austria “as long as possible”.

October 15, 2012

Agrana: Substantial Increase in Net Profits

In the first half of 2012|13, AGRANA significantly grew both revenue (by 24.8% to € 1,603.1 million) and pre-exceptionals operating profit (by 20.6% to € 142.5 million).

October 11, 2012

Agrana Launches 2012 Fall Campaigns

This year, the Austrian sugar and starch company expects lower yields.

September 6, 2012

Wienerberger: Declining Earnings Cause Austerity Measures

Group revenues of the Austrian brick producer rose by 5% to € 1,036m (2011: € 986m ). Operating EBITDA declined by 16% to € 104m (2011: € 123m ).

August 21, 2012

Voestalpine: Drop in Profits Expected

Next Tuesday, the Austrian steel group will publish the results fort he first quarter of 2012.

August 4, 2012