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Record Sales for Würth Austria

The German supplier group recorded strong revenue growth. However, the operating result fell short of expectations

February 22, 2011

Lufthansa Increases Pressure on AUA

The German parent company intends to convert the previously loss-making Austrian Airlines into a profitable company at last.

February 18, 2011

Still Losses at Brain Force

The Austrian IT provider announces massively declining operating results in the first quarter 2010/11. Sales decreased by 19%.

February 17, 2011

Andritz: Order for Belo Monte is Firm

The French consortium Alstom, together with the German Voith and the Austrian Andritz, jointly supply the Brazilian Hydroelectric Project.

February 11, 2011

Lopatka Demands Structural Reforms and Budgetary Discipline

The State Secretary for Finance at the German-Austrian Financial and Economic Forum.

February 11, 2011

Rosenbauer: Settlement with German Cartel Office

Anti-trust proceedings of the Austrian Rosenbauer AG end with official notice of € 10.5m fine.

February 11, 2011

Sales Increase at Darbo

The Austrian jam manufacturer increased its sales by 5% in 2010. Already 42% go to exports.

February 5, 2011

Below Average Privatization in Austria, according to ECEG

Regarding privatizations, Austria is still far behind, according to the European Coalition for Economic Growth (ECEG).

February 4, 2011

Rising Sales at Internorm

The Upper Austrian window manufacturer increased its sales by 2% in 2010. Despite domestic sales falling, exports are growing all the better.

February 3, 2011

Wienerberger Raises Stake in Tondach Gleinstätten

Wienerberger transfers 50% of Bramac to Monier in exchange for an additional 25% stake in Tondach Gleinstätten AG and a cash settlement of € 40m.

February 2, 2011

Refunding at S&T Accepted by Banks

The Austrian software company could close a “refinancing package” with its creditors. S&T sells subsidiaries in Ukraine and Moldova.

February 1, 2011

Engel Expands in China

Engel, the Upper Austrian machine builder, benefits from the economy and intends to triple the capacity of the Shanghai location.

February 1, 2011

"Austria Does Not Deserve an AAA Rating"

The chief economist of the American Citigroup, Willem Buiter, also denies Austria, alongside the U.S. and the UK, the right to the AAA rating.

January 29, 2011

Record Sales for BMW Austria

The German car manufacturer was able to set a new sales record in Austria last year. The engine plant also reports record sales.

January 27, 2011

Magna Steyr Expands Production in Graz

The German carmaker group BMW has a further model of the British brand "Mini" manufactured in Austria.

January 27, 2011

Slight Upward Trend in Austrian Tourism

Tourism in 2010: 0.4% more overnights; all-time-high in number of arrivals.

January 27, 2011

Germany: Largest Investor in Austria

Based on the number of new companies settling in Austria, Germany is the largest investor. More than 40% of the new arrivals come from the northern neighbor.

January 25, 2011

Austria's Agricultural Exports Grow

Agricultural exports were able to recover, but have not reached yet the 2008 level.

January 22, 2011

EnBW Intends to Expand Engagement in Austria

The core shareholder of the Austrian company EVN plans further expansions abroad, especially in the "Alpine countries".

January 21, 2011

Hypo Group Purchase by BayernLB was "unrealistic"

The former chairman of BayernLB’s Supervisory Board said that the bank cheated itself on the purchase of the Hypo Group.

January 20, 2011

Tax Treaty between Austria and Germany

Austria and Germany sign a revision protocol on double taxation agreements to implement the OECD standards of transparency and effective exchange of information.

January 19, 2011

The Hypo Group and its Consultants

In the months before and after the emergency nationalization of the Austrian Hypo Group, the Bank paid rich consulting fees despite all turbulences.

January 18, 2011

Slight Decline in Furniture Exports

Austria's furniture industry shows itself cautiously optimistic despite a slight decline in exports and expects production increases.

January 18, 2011

A-Tec Sells Subsidiary in Germany

Austrian A-Tec Industries AG has agreed to sell the German Doerries Scharmann group.

January 18, 2011

Austria's Competitiveness Increases Slightly

Austria rose one place, to the 21st, in the ranking of the most liberal economies.

January 14, 2011

Growth in Austria's Foreign Trade and Direct Investment

Austria's goods, services and capital transactions abroad grow strongly, a sign of solid recovery.

January 13, 2011

Immofinanz: Record Letting Results for German Subsidiary

The Austrian Real Estate Group benefits from the upswing in the German property market.

January 12, 2011

New Controversy over the Hypo Group

According to the investigators, there would be no connection between the Austrian bank and Gribkowsky, the former member of the board of BayernLB

January 10, 2011

S&T announces to withdraw from Germany

The Austrian information technology consulter S&T withdraws from the German market. Hence the German subsidiary „S&T Deutschland GmbH“ will be closed.

January 10, 2011

WIFO and IHS Foresee Economic Weakness

The two major Austrian Economic Research Institutes, WIFO and IHS, expect an economic slowdown in 2011.

January 5, 2011

Former Member of the Board of BayernLB Arrested

Gerhard Gribkowsky, whose foundation in Austria was concealed to the German judiciary and is now known, is in custody

January 5, 2011

Hypo Group: Little Enlightment Expected from Grasser and Berlin

The Chairman of the Inquiry Committee on the Hypo Group expects little gain of information by the summons of Karl-Heinz Grasser and Tilo Berlin.

January 4, 2011

Secret Foundation of BayernLB in Austria

In the hearings on the purchase of Austria's Hypo Group, a former Member of the Board of BayernLB concealed the existence of a foundation in Austria.

January 3, 2011

State Secretary for Finance: Euro-bonds as a Medium-term Strategy

The Austrian State Secretary for Finance, Andreas Schieder, does not discard Euro-bonds, against the majority view of German and Austrian politicians.

December 31, 2010

Tourists from Russia Increase

The number of Russian guests in Austria continues on the rise. A double-digit growth might even be possible again.

December 28, 2010

Austria's Export Economy is Booming

Given the high growth rates in the past year, the Austrian export economy shows itself also optimistic for 2011.

December 22, 2010

Success For Siemens Austria in Norway

The Austrian Subsidiary of the German technology group received orders of 32 ecological threepart subway-trains for the Norwegian capital Oslo.

December 22, 2010

Order for Over € 100m for Voestalpine

The Austrian steel company receives an order for over € 100m by Daimler Trucks.

December 20, 2010

JCL Logistics and Rail Cargo Austria Step into Strategic Alliance

Both logistics companies agree to establish a cooperation in groupage service. Their common target is to reach synergies in their transport network.

December 15, 2010

Bene Still Reports Losses

The Austrian manufacturer of office furniture reports an increase in sales by 10.2% in Q3 2010. Sales in Germany dropped by 18.5%. UK market perfomed well.

December 15, 2010

Austria Benefits from Low Loan Interest Rates

Because of low interest rates and spreads, Austria is able to get convenient financing on the loan market. Euro-bonds would mean significant costs for Austria.

December 13, 2010

Nowotny: No Euro-bonds Yet

Although he supports the euro-bonds in principle, the time has not come yet for the Governor of the Austrian National Bank.

December 10, 2010

Austrian Economic Chamber Supports Development of the Danube as a Transportation Route

Austrian Economic Chamber President Christoph Leitl supports the EU's Danube region strategy to expand infrastructure between the Danube countries.

December 10, 2010

Bavaria: "Hypo-Sale was Correct"

The issue Hypo Alpe Adria preoccupies not only the Austrian justice: Bavaria's Prime Minister Horst Seehofer defended the sale to Austria.

December 8, 2010

Austrian Resistance Against Euro Bonds

Massive criticism comes from Germany, the Netherlands and Austria against the proposal to implement euro bonds to stabilize the currency in the EU.

December 8, 2010

Strong Growth in Foreign Trade

In the first nine months, Austria imported goods for € 82.45bn (+14.8%). Exports increased by 5.8% to € 79.69bn.

December 8, 2010

Nowotny Pleads for Euro-Bonds

The governor of the Austrian National Bank, Ewald Nowotny, is for the introduction of euro-bonds. Germany’s resistance is pre-programmed.

December 6, 2010

Hypo Group: Motives for Purchase of BayernLB Unexplained

In 2007, when the Carinthian Hypo Group Alpe Adria was sold to the BayernLB, there were many critical technical opinions. The Bavarians bought despite them.

December 5, 2010

Stuttgart21: Strabag and Porr Hope for Major Project

The two Austrain building companies, Strabag and Porr, are struggeling for the disputed major infrastructure project in Germany, Stuttgart 21.

December 2, 2010

Massive Lay Offs at Hypo Group

The still ailing Carinthian bank restructures the leasing division. 500 jobs are being cut.

November 30, 2010