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Voestalpine AG - Resolutions of AGM

Voestalpine AG Annual General Meeting approves dividend and share repurchase program.

July 8, 2010

International companies discover Austria again

In the first half of 2010, 93 companies settled in Austria; in the same period in 2009 there were only 84. Total investment volume tripled from €37m ($46,95m) to almost €103m ($130,69).

July 8, 2010

Fight against early retirement - Companies should pay

The Wifo suggests that firms should pay if their employees are sick and are sent into early retirement.

July 8, 2010

Stress tests - Erste Bank and RZB on the list

91 European banks will have to undergo stress tests of European regulators. Two Austrian institutions will be tested as well.

July 8, 2010

Hungary rejects amendments to bank levy

At the start of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Hungarian government ruled out an amendment of the introduction of the controversial bank tax.

July 7, 2010

More private consumption in Austria

In Austria the private consumption expenditure has increased by 0.3 percent in the first quarter of 2010.

July 7, 2010

OECD’s criticism of low labour force participation of older people

In Austria, the labour market has weathered the global economic crisis better than most other OECD countries.

July 7, 2010

Austrian companies are innovative

More than half of domestic companies may be the labelled innovative.

July 6, 2010

Higher property tax could bring a billion

A convergence of calculation basis to real market values could, according to the Wifo, generate additional income of half a billion Euros.

July 5, 2010

Commercial Court - 17 illegal clauses at Bank Austria

17 clauses at Bank Austria conflict with the new payment service law, according to the Vienna Commercial Court.

July 5, 2010

Lending decreased in April

More long-term loans to enterprises, decline in foreign currency loans in private sector.

July 5, 2010

Short-time work massively reduced

At the height of the crisis in April 2009, 57 000 employees were short-time workers , there were only 8313 at the beginning of July 2010.

July 2, 2010

Unemployment in euro countries unchanged

Lowest rate in Austria - Spain and Latvia, most affected Unemployment in the 16 euro countries will remain unchanged at high levels. In May the rate was ten percent, as the European statistics agency Eurostat announced on Friday in Luxembourg.

July 2, 2010

Vienna Stock Exchange - Weak week

With -6.2%, the ATX registers a weak week. The only positive factor is that recent annual lows were not crossed.

July 2, 2010

Agrana Beteiligungs-AG - AGM approves unchanged dividend

The 23rd Annual General Meeting of AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG today voted to pay a dividend unchanged from the prior year - of EUR 1.95 per share for the completed 2009/10 financial year.

July 2, 2010

Eco with surcharge above Austrian average

"Since the Austrian real estate companies with an average of four to five percent return on equity do not currently earn their cost of equity, an evaluation of net asset value is not justified in not justified in our opinion."

July 1, 2010

EU needs a budget minister

For Austrian National Bank President Raidl, the Euro is a success story, however "the monetary union only functions as a political union "I think the Euro is a success story," said the President of OeNB and the Chairman of Voestalpine Claus Raidl to t

July 1, 2010

Unemployment significantly declines

For the first time since the beginning of the crisis the number of unemployed and trainees decreases significantly.

July 1, 2010

Construction output declines by 14%

The massive railway expansion in the first quarter prevents an even greater decline.

July 1, 2010

Vienna Stock Exchange - The largest price gains and losers in the first Six months

Airport Vienna with largest share, Intercell leads losers list.

June 30, 2010

Nowotny strongly criticizes the Hungarian bank tax

The Austrian central bank chief Ewald Nowotny has practiced unusually sharp criticism of the Hungarian government, more specifically at the proposed Hungarian bank tax.

June 30, 2010

Energy must not be at mercy of shareholders

The only treasure of Austria must remain in own sphere of influence.

June 30, 2010

Austrian federal government - Massive fall in revenue

The federal government is missing €4b ($4.9b) in revenue, in the first four months of this year. In total a decrease of €6.1b ($7.5b) was registered.

June 29, 2010

European companies - Discrimination in China

In a survey of 500 European companies, 40 percent did not feel welcome in China. Accordingly, laws and rules would be unfavourable to non-Chinese companies.

June 29, 2010

IMF - Austria to save on expenses

Raise taxes, use the potential in the labour market and build a more effective social services system.

June 29, 2010

Bank Austria sees euro zone as main risk for growth

Institute raises forecast for 2010 slightly to 3.1 percent

June 28, 2010

OeNB - Stress tests discriminate against European banks

The Austrian banks have become more stable compared to the autumn of 2009, as analyzed by the Austrian National Bank. However, "stress tests" could cause lengthy aid procedures in Europe.

June 25, 2010

EU - Austria granted to extend bank aid package

The European Commission extended the authorization for the Austrian bank rescue package of €100b ($123b) for half a year.

June 25, 2010

KTM Power Sports AG - KTM speeds up earning rise in the third quarter

The KTM-group is expected to generate an EBIT of €12.4m in the 3rd quarter of 2009/10 and is heading for an overly positive business year 2009/10.

June 25, 2010

EU accuses Austria of hurdles in buying property

The European Commission refers Austria to the European Court of Justice. Reasons are fundamental barriers to the acquisition of agricultural land in Vorarlberg.

June 24, 2010

INSITO international symposium on the quality of work in Vienna

Securing and improving working conditions, health and safety at work in times of crisis will be discussed from today by international scientists and interest representatives from Vienna.

June 24, 2010

Bene AG - Results for the first quarter of 2010/11

In the first quarter of 2010/11 sales and earnings of the Bene Group were still affected by the difficult economic environment in most of the markets.

June 23, 2010

Publication of the stress tests on Friday

In the second half of July, the results of the stress tests for the 25 leading banks in the community will be published. Previously such reviews, as well as the national results of stress tests for all banks of a country, were kept top secret.

June 23, 2010

Migration barriers - Austria missing out on Human Capital

Due to existing migration barriers, Austria looses highly skilled workers who are hard to find, especially in the years of the boom in the domestic labour market.

June 23, 2010

Quo vadis Europe? Crisis summit at the University of Linz

Corporate crises, bank failures and bankruptcies of entire economies: Europe is struggling with the agenda of national and international restructuring plans.

June 21, 2010

EU government leaders agree on bank tax

Financial transaction tax demanded for G-20.

June 17, 2010

Inflation or deflation?

According to Wolfgang Braun at BörseExpress, there is fear among the citizens: the fear that they might lose their savings through inflation.

June 17, 2010

Christoph Hinteregger new chief negotiator of metalworkers

Deputy chief negotiator is Alfred Hintringer - former chief negotiator Hermann Haslauer available as consultant.

June 17, 2010

Tumpel - No mass taxes!

Higher taxes would further boost inflation - rising prices mean less purchasing power and ultimately less growth.

June 16, 2010

Finance Minister Pröll against publication of stress tests

Finance Minister Josef Pröll has expressed his discontent at a press briefing this afternoon about the current European debate on the publication of stress tests of individual banks based on the U.S. model.

June 16, 2010

Austrian Chamber of Commerce - Fritz Aichinger is the new chairman of trade

Aichinger succeeds Erich Lemler – Deputy: Jutta Pemsel and Wolfgang Sauer

June 16, 2010

Slight fall in inflation in May 2010 to 1.9%

According to calculations by Statistics Austria, the inflation rate for May 2010 was 1.9%, slightly lower than in previous months (both 2.0% in April and March).

June 16, 2010

Hungary - Orbán's crusade has what it takes for an export success

Viktor Orbán could have used his appearance at the IIF conference in Vienna to refurbish the image of his bankrupt government.

June 15, 2010

Kogler accuses Leitl of fiscal incompetence

WKÖ chief to submit reorganization plan or to remain silent.

June 14, 2010

OMV could be an accomplice in war crimes and crimes against humanity

OMV produced oil from 1997 to 2003 in sector 5A in Sudan. The current report of the European Coalition on Oil in Sudan (ECOS) provides new evidence that there is a direct link between oil production and the intensification of the conflict.

June 14, 2010

Survey - Restrictive lending in Austria

In a survey of the Credit Protection Association (KSV 1870) entrepreneurs declared, that borrowing is currently slow, and the allocation restrictive.

June 14, 2010

OeNB revises growth forecast for 2011 and 2012

Austria's economy will grow 1.6 to 2.1 percent from this year to 2012 to 2.1 percent, as estimated by the Austrian National Bank.

June 14, 2010

Austria has 39,077 dollar-millionaires

The number of dollar millionaires did not only rise in Austria but also increased substantially worldwide.

June 11, 2010

Pröll - Austria will introduce a bank tax in a solo attempt.

"The bank tax will be discussed together with the banks and it will be implemented, I stand for that," announced Finance Minister Pröll.

June 11, 2010

Hochhauser - Austria's business landscape is becoming more and more an female entrepreneur landscape

Special Prize of the Economic Chamber of Austria "women in leading positions" goes to Margaret Fürtbauer.

June 11, 2010