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Vienna International Retail and Consumer Industry News

Romania: Moderate Growth in Manufacturing and Construction Industry

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

March 1, 2013

Hungary: Significant Drop in Retail Sales

Sales are falling particularly in food, drinks, tobacco, petrol, books and computer equipment.

March 1, 2013

Czech Republic: Trends in 2012

Export and Import Price Indices and Price Indices for International Transport

February 25, 2013

Hungary: Further Decline in Volume of Sales in Retail Trade

The volume of retail sales decreased by 2.1% in December and by 1.9% in the whole year compared with the previous period.

February 25, 2013

Czech Service Industry Shrinks

In Q4 2012, seasonally adjusted sales in services decreased, quarter-on-quarter, at constant prices by 1.6%.

February 7, 2013

Continued Success for Austrian Wine Exports

The Austrian wine industry managed to maintain export volumes in 2012 despite the low yields and even saw revenues increase.

January 29, 2013

Austrian Tourism Records New All-Time-High

Tourism in 2012: Almost 131 million overnights mark new all-time-high in number of overnights.

January 25, 2013

Hungary: Retail Trade Shrinks Significantly

The volume of sales in retail trade decreased by 4.1% in November.

January 25, 2013

Sector Report by Bank Austria: Austria’s Food Industry Stagnates

Weak trends in 2012: output stagnates, sales revenue grows by 3 per cent. Improved outlook for 2013: output may grow slightly. Growth potential driven by strong exports, especially to Eastern Europe.

January 16, 2013

Heineken Shuts Down Viennese Headquarters

The Dutch beer producer shifts its CEE-headquarters from Vienna to Amsterdam.

January 14, 2013

Czech Republic: Retail Trade Sector Declines

In November, sales in retail trade including the automotive segment after seasonal adjustment decreased by 0.6% at constant prices, month-on-month, and working days adjusted by 3.5%, y-o-y.

January 11, 2013

Retail Trade: Sharp Decrease in Slovenia and Bulgaria

Volume of retail trade up by 0.1% in euro area in November 2012 compared with October 2012.

January 8, 2013

Slovakia: Turnover in Internal Trade Decreases

The Development in November 2012 compared with October 2012 was negative. In the first eleven months, the turnover figures showed moderate growth rates on average.

January 8, 2013

Significant Upward Trend in Austrian Tourism Sector

Positive start in winter season 2012/13: 4.15 million overnights in November. The number of guests from Italy and Russia is growing remarkably.

January 4, 2013

Romanian Post to be Privatized

In total, 51% of the company will be sold. The Romanian state will keep a 24% stake in Post.

December 18, 2012

Summer season 2012: Holidaying in Austria Continues to be Very Popular

Over 19 million guests in the 2012 summer season did not only lead to a new record, but also to 65.6 million overnights.

December 6, 2012

Retail Trade: Highest Increase In Baltic Countries

Volume of retail trade was down by 1.2% in the euro area.

December 5, 2012

Slovakia: Turnover in Internal Trade Decreasing

In October, the Slovak retail trade sector shrank by 1.8%. The wholesale sector still expands.

December 5, 2012

Hungary: Tourism Industry Booms

In October, public accommodation establishments saw a 9.1% rise in arrivals.

December 5, 2012

Czech Republic: Retail Industry Shrinks

In October, sales in retail trade including automotive segment after seasonal adjustment decreased by 1.5% at constant prices, month-on-month, and working days adjusted by 3.0%, y-o-y.

December 5, 2012

Hungary: Retail Trade Sector Shrinks

Due to the declining real income, sales in the retail trade industry fell by 3.9% compared to 2011.

November 26, 2012

Slovakia: Internal Trade Growing Moderately

The Slovakian retail trade sector is shrinking. The wholesale turnover was up by 2.2%

November 7, 2012

Rewe Austria to Expand in Russia

Rewe Austria intends to open ten new stores in Russia per year. Besides Russia, the Ukraine and Romania are main target markets.

October 22, 2012

Red Bull: Massive Increase in Profits

The Austrian-Thai energy producer could improve its net income by 40% to € 311.2m.

October 8, 2012

Hungarian Retail Sector Struggling on Several Fronts

The recession in Hungary is also affecting the Hungarian retail sector. A weak labour market combined with declining purchasing power is dampening consumer spending, a development which is reflected in weak retail sales.

October 8, 2012

Spar Records Losses in Hungary

The Austrian retail chain operates 400 branches in Hungary. The economic crisis caused substantial losses.

September 13, 2012

Lower Losses at bwin.party digital entertainment

In its Half year report for the six months ended 30 June 2012, a solid growth in Clean EBITDA was recorded. Losses were down from € 41m to € 21.3m.

September 1, 2012

bwin Enters into Partnership with Manchester United

bwin, Europe’s leading sports book, today announces a new agreement with Manchester United to become the club’s official online gaming and betting partner.

August 18, 2012

Strong First Quarter for Do & Co

Today, the Austrian catering company issued its results for the first quarter of the financial year 2012/2013. Sales, earnings and profit were up.

August 16, 2012

Austrian Post: Rise in Earnings

Revenue growth (+3.1%) and earnings improvement (EBIT +13.5%) in the first half of 2012 Outlook for 2012 confirmed despite unstable economic environment.

August 10, 2012

Drastic Concentration in Austrian Retail Industry

Retail trade chains are dominating the Austrian retail trade market. Small suppliers are being forced out of the market.

August 4, 2012

„Dayli“: Up to 20% Yield

With the acquisition of Schlecker Austria, the Austrian investment funds TAP 09 wants to achieve the turnaround soon.

August 2, 2012

TAP 09 Wants to Expand with Former Schlecker Branches

The Austrian investment funds, which took over Schlecker Austria this week, wants to enlarge the number of branches substantially.

August 1, 2012

Bankruptcy Prevented: Schlecker Austria Becomes „daily“

The Austrian investment funds TAP 09 acquires the financially stricken chemist chain. Schlecker Austria should become a local grocer.

July 31, 2012

Schlecker Austria to be Rescued?

The Austrian subsidiary of the bankrupt German chemist chain and its subsidiaries in Poland, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg may be continued.

July 30, 2012

Austrian Retail Industry: Concentration Goes On

In the first quarter of 2012, 38% of all retail trade branches were operated by retail chains.

July 26, 2012

Schlecker´s Financial Situation Becomes Critical

Schlecker Austria, the subsidiary of the insolvent German chemist chain, is becoming more and more problematic. The liquidity is said to be used up in a few days.

July 25, 2012

MTH Takes Over Schlecker´ Subsidiary

MTH, the investment company of the Austrian industrialist Josef Taus acquires 109 branches of IhrPlatz, a subsidiary of the insolvent German chemist chain.

July 20, 2012

U.S. Zumiez Acquires Austrian Action Sports Retailer

Blue Tomato Sold for € 60m. Zumiez Inc. Acquires Leading Austrian Action Sports Retailer

July 18, 2012

Schlecker Austria: Time Pressure Grows

The potential buyers of Schlecker Austria are still highly skeptical. Until August, a decision must be taken.

July 18, 2012

bwin.party´s Earnings Under Pressure

The Austro-British entertainment company issues a pre-close trading update. Due to new taxes in Germany, the expectations are decent.

July 10, 2012

Schlecker Austria Sees High Probability of Takeover

The insolvency manager of the German chemist chain Schlecker sees a favorized potential buyer for Schlecker Austria.

July 9, 2012

Oblin New CFO at Austrian Post

The previous strategy manager Walter Oblin succeeds Rudolf Jettmar as Chief Financial Officer.

July 2, 2012

„Good Prospects“ For Schlecker Austria

The insolvency manager of the bankrupt German chemist chain views „promising talks with potential investors“.

June 30, 2012

Dismal Prospects for Schlecker Austria

An insolvency of Schlecker Austria seems likely. A sale to MTH is still uncertain.

June 25, 2012

Austrian Tourism Has Good Prospects

Start of summer season 2012: 16.8% more overnights and 14.4% more guests in May 2012.

June 25, 2012

Austrian Lotteries Apply for License in Albania

The Albanian Ministry of Finance offers licenses for foreign applicants. A heavy dispute occurs.

June 22, 2012

Schlecker Austria Threatened by Insolvency

The Austrian subsidiary of the insolvent German chemist chain must find a buyer in order to prevent its own bankruptcy.

June 19, 2012

MTH Group Considers Taking Over Schlecker Austria

The industrial holding group MTH may acquire the Austrian subsidiary of the insolvent German Schlecker Group.

June 12, 2012

Austrian Post Signed Deal in Bulgaria

The presence of a company of such a scale in Bulgaria became possible after acquiring shares in the postal operator М&BM; Express.

June 11, 2012