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Vienna International Retail and Consumer Industry News

Concerns about "Eurovegas"

The Austrian-American project for the construction of Europe's largest casino meets increasing opposition.

March 16, 2011

Bwin & Party Gaming: Merger Plan Requirements now met in Austria

Merger between Austrian bwin Intereactive Entertainment AG and British PartyGaming planned to complete on 31 March 2011.

March 16, 2011

Austrian Post: Stable Turnover, Increasing Earnings

Revenue was up by 0.3%. EBIT rose by 5.0% to € 156.9m. Dividend proposal to the Annual General Meeting: € 1.60 per share

March 16, 2011

Geinberg Thermal Springs are Expanding

The Upper Austrian Wellness facility is being expanded massively and gets its own luxury area.

March 15, 2011

Austrian Post Announces Changes of Executive Board

Walter Hitzinger is appointed as director of the mail and retail division. Walter Oblin succeeds Rudolf Jettmar as CFO.

March 15, 2011

Moderate Rise in Turnover for Austrian Service Industry

Austrian service enterprises have overcome the economic crisis: Turnover increase of 3.3% in 2010, employment activities booming

March 10, 2011

Gastronomy Rejects New Beverage Tax

Austria's restaurateurs and brewers fear an "attack on tourism and restaurant culture."

March 9, 2011

Decreasing Wine Production in Austria

According to Statistics Austria's wine harvest survey 2010, a wine production of 1 737 500 hl was achieved, produced on an area of 43 700 ha (-3% to 2009).

March 5, 2011

Danone Reports € 63m of Sales

The French producer of dairy products realizes € 63m of sales in Austria. Danone intends to extend its product line with organic products.

March 5, 2011

Wienerwald Grows Again

The restaurant chain is expected to start growing again after a long crisis. Investments worth € 20m are planned for the current year.

March 4, 2011

Sales Declining at Spar Hungary

The food trade chain records declining sales in Hungary - for the first time in its history.

March 4, 2011

Slight Increase in Sales for Ottakringer

Yesterday, the Vienna beverage company Ottakringer Getränke AG announced preliminary figures for the financial year 2010.

March 3, 2011

Tourism: Trend for High-Price Segment Continues

Austria's tourism industry shows itself satisfied with the current winter season. Guests come increasingly from Eastern Europe.

March 3, 2011

Casinos Austria International in Crisis

The foreign holdings of Casinos Austria International pose major problems for the group, as losses continue.

March 1, 2011

Philip Morris is Market Leader in Austria

The American tobacco company Philip Morris increased its market share, overtaking the Japanese Austria Tabak group for good.

February 26, 2011

Stable Sales for Rewe Austria

The German food retail group was able to increase its sales moderately last year. The number of employees has increased.

February 26, 2011

Henkel CEE grows in Eastern Europe

The German company, which has set up its Eastern European headquarters in Vienna, achieved a sales increase of 6%.

February 26, 2011

HEAD NV Announces Higher Sales

The Dutch/Austrian global manufacturer and marketer of sports equipment, announced the preliminary results today.

February 25, 2011

Tourism: Small Increase in Overnight Stays

Results of the first half of the winter season 2010/11: 0.8% rise in overnight stays due to non-resident visitors.

February 24, 2011

Spar: Moderate Growth in Market Share

The Austrian food trade group recorded a sales increase of 4.4% in the previous year. Growth in the CEE region turns out weaker.

February 18, 2011

Strong Growth for bauMax

The do-it-yourself group increased its sales in Austria and Eastern Europe in 2010.

February 18, 2011

Strong Sales and Weak Profits in Austria's Retail Business

Almost all sectors recorded sales growth, but not all businesses benefited from the boom: "Sales growth is not equal to profit growth".

February 16, 2011

Red Bull Intends to Double Sales

The Austrian energy drink producer plans a period of strong growth for the next eight years.

February 15, 2011

Market Adjustments at the Gas Stations Business

Doppler, the largest private operator of gas stations in Austria predicts a decline in the gas station network.

February 11, 2011

Schlumberger Grows Moderately

Schlumberger, the stock exchange listed champagne and spirits manufacturer has achieved a sales growth of 4.3% in the first three quarters of 2010/11.

February 11, 2011

Sales Increase for Waldquelle

The Austrian-Czech mineral water producer increased its sales moderately in 2010. The market share increases continuously.

February 11, 2011

Strong Increase in Sales an Profits for Do & Co

The Austrian catering company announces its results for the first nine months of the financial year 2010/2011.

February 11, 2011

Car Registrations Rising Considerably

January 2011: New passenger car registrations in Austria increased by 22.5%.

February 10, 2011

Burger is the New Chairman of the Vivatis Group

The food company, owned by RLB Oberösterreich obtains an industry expert with Armin Burger.

February 9, 2011

Kneissl is Insolvent

Parts of the Austrian Kneissl group have started insolvency. Sheikh Al Jaber’s capital contribution did not take place.

February 8, 2011

bwin: Possible Separation of the Swedish Subsidiary

Following the merger between the Austrian bwin and the British PartyGaming, bwin could be parted from the Swedish Ongame.

February 8, 2011

"Feibra" to Function as Discount Post

The Austrian Post is expanding its subsidiary Feibra. Letters are also to be sent in future.

February 5, 2011

Sales Increase at Darbo

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

February 5, 2011

Berglandmilch Merger Approved

The merger between the Austrian market leader Berglandmilch and Tirolmilch was approved by the Federal Competition Authority (FCA).

February 5, 2011

Austria Provides 1.09 million Beds for Tourists in 2010

In Austria, the bed capacity utilization in the winter season is higher than in the summer season.

February 4, 2011

Consumption Expenditure of Foreign Tourists Grows

Russian and Chinese tourists are proving to be particularly generous consumers in Austria. Overall sales rose by 23% in 2010.

February 3, 2011

Swarovski plans to grow again

The traditional Tyrolean company intends to increase its sales by 10% after three difficult years.

February 1, 2011

Bawag has to Sell Non-Core Business

The Austrian bank, which is owned by the US-American investor Cerberus, is obliged to sell its non-banking subsidiaries.

January 29, 2011

bwin: Uncertain Future in Austria

After the approval by the shareholders of the merger with the British PartyGaming, the task division is still to be determined.

January 29, 2011

New Sales Record for Novomatic

The Austrian gaming machine manufacturer considers the industry "on the upswing again". Casino licenses contributed to the result.

January 28, 2011

Strong Sales Growth for DiTech

Net sales for the in-house production PC stores increased by 31% to € 96.2 m. 38.3% of sales are generated online.

January 27, 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

Slight Upward Trend in Austrian Tourism

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

January 27, 2011

A Quiet Year for the Shopping Center Industry

Only a few large projects will be tackled in 2011 by Austria's shopping center industry; renovation of existing facilities rather prevails.

January 27, 2011

Palmers in the Red

The Austrian lingerie company has to accept operational losses in addition to an unprofitable acquisition.

January 26, 2011

Casinos Austria Expands to Italy

Loss-making Casinos Austria hopes for a new and lucrative market in Italy.

January 25, 2011

Booming Tourism in Vienna

In 2010, guest-nights grew by 10.3% in Vienna. This is a new record since 1989.

January 25, 2011

Record Results for Red Bull

The Austrian producer of energy drinks reached its best results ever in 2010 thanks to the markets in Turkey, Japan and Brazil.

January 22, 2011

Reorganization at Austrian Post

Simplification of internal processes should strengthen competitiveness and customer proximity.

January 21, 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