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Austrian Economic News and Analysis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Austria's economy further weakens

The gross domestic product of Austria fell in the first three months of this year by 0.1 percent.

June 10, 2010

IIF Meeting - Viennese outcry against Basel

At its meeting in Vienna on Thursday, the World Bank Association IIF (Institute of International Finance) presented a study on the impact of stricter banking regulations.

June 10, 2010

Service sector achieved increase of turnover by 1.2% in the first quarter of 2010

According to Statistics Austria, based on results for the first quarter of 2010, turnover of Austrian services enterprises at nominal values rose by 1.2% compared to the first quarter of the year 2009.

June 9, 2010

Slight increase in trade deficit

In the first quarter of 2010, according to “Statistik Austria”, goods worth of €24.89b, were imported which is 3.8 percent more than last year.

June 8, 2010

Manpower - Employment Outlook for third quarter in 2010

As reported 13% of domestic recruiters intend to higher workers. Only 5% have to reduce staff. 88% can cope with current employee numbers while 2% still fluctuate.

June 8, 2010

Vassilakou - 50,000 new green jobs in Vienna possible

"50,000 new green jobs are possible in Vienna," says the club chairwoman of the Greens Vienna, Maria Vassilakou, in reference to a study by Greenpeace presented today in Berlin, that the world could produce 8.5 million jobs in the renewable energy.

June 7, 2010

Austrian Export Day - Summit of the Austrian export industry

In these economically challenging times for companies, greater efforts are needed to internationally to take off.

June 7, 2010

Wholesale prices in May 2010 - plus 4.9% compared to the previous year

The index of wholesale prices, (GHPI 2005), for the month of May 2010, registers 110.6 (provisional figure), an increase of 0.4% over that of the previous month according to calculations of Statistics Austria.

June 7, 2010

WIFO - Economy of the industrialized states in 2009 is suffering greatly from export decline

The economic situation in the Austrian Provinces in 2009 was hit by the economic crisis especially the manufacturing sectors.

June 2, 2010

Tumpel - draw lessons from the crisis

"The financial markets and their actors have brought the worst economic crisis since the Second World War "says Austrian Chamber of Labour President Herbert Tumpel...

June 2, 2010

Tumpel pleased with labour market revitalization

"The recovery in the labour market is a welcomed development. This shows that the economic stimuli programmes and actions of the Minister of Social Affairs are important and correct, "says AK President Herbert Tumpel.

June 1, 2010

Transport volumes of rail transports decreased significantly by 18.7% in 2009

The economic crisis affected transportations on the Austrian railway network as well.

June 1, 2010

Provisional number of new passenger car registrations in May 2010: -1.9%

According to provisional results, a total of 29167 new passenger cars were registered in May 2010, representing a decrease by 1.9% compared to May 2009.

June 1, 2010

Industry force - participation of domestic companies in global emerging markets

It can be seen as a "disastrous economic policy error comparable to a self-imposed trade embargo" describes Secretary General of the Federation of Industrialists (FI) Markus Beyrer the abandonment of the export orientation of the Austrian economy.

June 1, 2010

Annual Economics Conference of the OENB discusses “Central Banking after the Crisis”

Each spring, the Economics Conference of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) provides a forum for policymakers, academics and the interested public to discuss topical issues in economic policy.

May 31, 2010

Eurostat confirmed steady deterioration of Austria to the electricity and gas prices

The European Statistical Office (Eurostat) recently released the latest budget for electricity and gas price.

May 31, 2010

The transport volume in road freight transport decreased in 2009 by almost 9%

According to calculations by Statistics Austria 336.6 million tons of goods were transported by road vehicles for the transport of goods registered in Austria on 26.0 million laden journeys.

May 28, 2010

Women’s Report 2010 - Women’s earnings still lower than men’s

Women earn 25.5% less than men in Austria. This is the result of an analysis carried out by Statistics Austria on the situation of women in Austria for the "Women’s Report 2010".

May 28, 2010

Petrol price boards

Last summer’s petrol price regulation came into force, whereby the oil companies can raise prices only once a day. This should be extended in an improved form.

May 27, 2010

OeNB Raised its Operating Profit to EUR 318 Million in 2009

In 2009, the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) achieved a somewhat higher operating profit than in 2008.

May 27, 2010

Austria's energy - unilateral emission reduction not purposeful

“The European Commission’s statement on a planned unilateral act on emission reduction is rejected by the Austrian energy sector, "said Secretary General Schmidt.

May 26, 2010

Leitl - No to Bank tax charged - European financial transaction as better solution

"The economy needs a permanently stable financial system. But not at the expense of savers and Investors"

May 26, 2010

Jank - Vienna also requires No. 1 for business friendliness

Chamber of Commerce Vienna President Brigitte Jank is delighted about Vienna’s top spot in the current Mercer survey. For international managers, Vienna continues to claim the title as the city with the highest quality of life.

May 26, 2010

Mitterlehner referring to OECD forecast - Export strength is key to real growth

OECD provides good evidence from Austria - to promote exports even further to play off long-term growth projection.

May 26, 2010

Austria - Economic Outlook Country Summary

The recovery is expected to gather momentum in 2010 and 2011 as foreign demand firms and policies remain broadly supportive.

May 26, 2010

ÖGPI gas price index rises in June

The Austrian gas price index - ÖGPI (C) - recorded a rise for June from the previous month.

May 25, 2010

Production Index in March 2010: -2.8% compared to March 2009

The seasonally adjusted production index for the Production Area (NACE 2008 B - F) recorded on the basis of 2005, according to calculations by Statistics Austria in March 2010, a 2.1% decrease compared to February 2010.

May 25, 2010