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Vienna International Retail and Consumer Industry News

Austria DIY Chain BauMax Avoided Insolvency

Austrian leading DIY chain bauMax announced cost saving programs as part of its restructuring measures in Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia. BauMax intends to focus on profitable business locations only.

May 9, 2014

Romania: BRD Group Societe General with High Expectations

The Romanian lender intends to increase its lending by four percent in 2014.

April 23, 2014

Industrial Location Austria Losing Attractiveness

Among other things, labor costs and energy prices are too high, according to the Austrian Federation of Industries.

April 16, 2014

DiTech: Insolvency Postponed

Heavily affected computer equipement trader DiTech has to postpone filing for insolvency proceedings, which was planned today at the Commercial Court in Vienna.

March 14, 2014

Austria: DiTech to be Taken Over by Investor

Insolvent computer equipment trader DiTech is supposed to be taken over by a German investor with Polish roots.

March 13, 2014

Wifo: Economic Recovery Lacks in Momentum

Economic growth in the Eurozone is still without a major drive. In Austria too, economic recovery is still restrained.

March 11, 2014

Austria: Computer Trader DiTech Declares Insolvency

Viennese hardware computer trader DiTech has slipped into insolvency.

March 10, 2014

Bulgaria: FDI Keeps Increasing

FDI (foreign direct investments) increased by € 1,229.4m in Bulgaria in 2013 while equity capital came at € 953.4m last year.

February 18, 2014

Austria: Slight Economic Growth

The Austrian Institute for Economic Research (Wifo) has forecast an increase of the macroeconomic production by 0.2 percent in real terms compared to the previous quarter.

November 14, 2013

Slovenia: Significant Decline in Business Confidence

Sentiment indicator lower than in the previous month In October 2013 (-13 percentage points) the sentiment indicator was 1 percentage point lower than in September 2013 (-12 percentage points).

October 28, 2013

Amazon to Open Distribution Centers in the Czech Republic

The world’s largest online retailer Amazon plans to create 10,000 jobs in the Czech Republic within the next three years.

October 22, 2013

Poland: Amazon to Establish Three Logistic Centers

Leading online retailer Amazon will open three major logistic centers in Poland. According to the company’s own proclamation, this step does not relate to the latest striking problems in Germany.

October 8, 2013

Poland Leads Ranking of Top Enterprises in CEE

Credit insurance company Coface has for the fifth time published a study about the Top 500 enterprises in Central and Eastern Europe.

September 24, 2013

Head of Slovenia’s Chief Bank Arrested

Janko Medja, manager of Slovenia’s most important bank NLB, was arrested because of suspicion of corruption.

September 20, 2013

Romania: Austrian Investors Demand Transparency

In an interview with Business Review Romania, Rudolf Lukavsky, commercial counselor for Romania and Moldova at the Austrian Embassy described the downsides and advantages of the economic environment in the country.

September 17, 2013

Spar: Growth Plans In Czech Republic

Retailer Spar has lost a total of € 130m in the past eight years in the Czech Republic. Despite of that, the trade chain has plans of expansion. Particularly the network of frachise stores is supposed to grow.

August 30, 2013

Trend: Service Industry Drifts to CESEE

Lower costs in the service sector in CESEE countries, particularly Romania, are compensated by higher expenditures in securing quality standards.

July 30, 2013

Spar Becoming More Profitable

Spar made profits before taxes in the amount of € 164m last year with food, sport articles and shopping center floor space.

June 27, 2013

Croatia: Agrokor Becomes Biggest Retailer in SEE

After the take-over of Slovenian chain of retail stores Mercator, Croatian corporation Agrokor employs 60,000 persons in the region of former Yugoslavia.

June 18, 2013

Slovenia: Mercator to be Finally Sold

It is the ninth sale attempt for Slovenian trade chain Mercator today, but it could be finally sealed. Croatian corporation Agrokor is the interested party. A dozen owners will decide about the retail chain’s fate.

June 14, 2013

Significant Trade Surplus in 2012 Reflects Austria's Competitive Strength

Despite the crisis, Austria managed to achieve a significant trade surplus in services in 2012. At the same time it was possible to eliminate Austria's foreign debt in full.

June 4, 2013

Romania: No Investors for Post Company

Debts and a collective agreement which makes restructuring impossible until 2018 are among the main reasons the company is not attractive to potential investors.

May 29, 2013

bwin.party to Concentrate On Ten Markets Only.

After the weak figures in the first quarter, bwin.party CEO Norbert Teufelberger wants to get the online gambling provider back on track. However, the company also cast an eye to enter the US market.

May 23, 2013

Bwin: Transaction In Own Shares

Transaction in 611,342 own shares.

May 22, 2013

MotoGP™ and bwin Continue Partnership Until 2015

Commercial rights holder of the MotoGP™ World Championship, Dorna Sports, and bwin, Europe’s largest sports book, announce a two-year extension of their longstanding partnership which began in 2004.

May 22, 2013

Spar: Expanding in Hungary

Spar Austria Group intends to expand the meat plant near Budapest and the entire branch network in Hungary.

April 18, 2013

Austria: Number of Small-Business Owners Increased Marginally

In 2012, there were around 251,000 one-person-businesses in Austria which is 11,000 more than in 2011.

April 16, 2013

Czech Republic: Finance Ministry Worsens Economic Outlook

In an updated macroeconomic forecast for the economic development, the Czech Finance Ministry deteriorated the country’s outlook.

April 16, 2013

Austria: Significant Increase in Exports

Imports Increased by 0.3 %. Exports Increased by 7.1 %. According to preliminary results by Statistics Austria, total imports amounted to € 10.31 bn and total exports amounted to € 9.96 bn in January 2013.

April 10, 2013

Austria Ranking 7th in Purchase Power

According to RegioData, € 19,580 per year was available for each Austrian. The three countries with the greates purchase power in Europe are Luxemburg, Switzerland and Norway.

April 9, 2013

Poland: Inflation Rate for Private Individuals At 1.6 %

March was the seventh consecutive month of decline in private individuals' inflation expectations. Respondents place average inflation rate as expected over the next 12 months at 1.6%.

March 30, 2013

67 % of Estonians Work in Service Sector

According to the data of the 2011 Population and Housing Census (PHC 2011) of Statistics Estonia, 67% of persons employed in Estonia worked in service sector, 29% in industrial sector and only 4% in primary sector.

March 30, 2013

Slovakia: Economic Sentiment Indicator Increased to 90.4

The three-month moving average of economic sentiment indicator (ESI) increased by 1,8 points to 90,4 compared with the previous month´s value.

March 30, 2013

Lithuania: Turnover of Enterprises in Retail Increased By 0.9 %

In February 2013, against February 2012, the turnover of enterprises engaged in wholesale and retail trade in motor vehicles and motorcycles was on the increase.

March 30, 2013

Hungary: Economic Growth Only in 2014

The MNB, the National Bank of Hungary estimates economic growth to further stagnate in 2013 but forcasts positive devolopments for the next year.

March 29, 2013

Czech Republic: Disinflation Continues

Analysts expect Czech economy to grow by 1.7 % next year.

March 29, 2013

Czech Republic: Confidence in Domestic Economy Inreased Marginally

Overall confidence in domestic economy increased slightly in March. The composite confidence indicator (economic sentiment indicator) increased by 0.2 points compared to February.

March 25, 2013

Slight Improvement for Austria’s Economy in 2013/14

IHS (Institute of Advanced Studies) and Wifo (Austrian Institute of Economic Research) forecast a sluggish growth for Austrian’s economy.

March 21, 2013

Czech Republic: Highest Internet Retail Sales in 26 Months

Highest growth rates in internet retail and house order sales and IT/communication equipments.

March 14, 2013

Slovakia: CPI Remains Constant

In February, compared with January, consumer prices did not change in total. Increase in prices only in Education, Food and Health Industry.

March 14, 2013

Slovak Unemployment Rate on the Rise

In January, compared with January 2012, the employment decreased in five surveyed sectors.

March 14, 2013

Czech Republic: Slight Increase of Consumer Price Index

Consumer prices in February increased by 0.1% compared with January. This rise came primarily from price increases in 'transport' and 'recreation and culture'. The year-on-year growth of consumer prices decelerated to 1.7% in February (1.9% in January).

March 11, 2013

Latvia´s Consumer Prices Stable

Compared to February of previous year, consumer prices have increased by 0.3%.

March 8, 2013

Romania: Slight Increase of GDP for 2012 at 0.1 % on Y/Y Comparison

Record decrease at 24.6 % in agriculture, industrial production better off with decrease of 2.4 %. The highest increase was recorded in IT and communication, services and health/social assistance.

March 6, 2013

Estonia: Turnover in Business Sector Increased by 7 %

2012 proves to be a successful year for the business sector

March 6, 2013

Slovakia: Gross Domestic Product Rose in Q 4 of 2012

Compared to Q 3 of 2012 this means an increase of 0.2 %, by y/y the GDP rose by 2 %.

March 6, 2013

Hungary: GKI Forecasts Budget Deficit of HUF 200 bn

The Hungarian government is in complete opposite to GKI’s statement: forecasts economic growth of 1 % and does not see any concerns.

March 5, 2013

Estonia: Stable Growth in Retail Sales

According to Statistics Estonia, in January 2013 compared to January of the previous year, the retail sales of goods of retail trade enterprises increased 4% at constant prices.

March 4, 2013

Latvia: Retail Trade Turnover Grows Moderately

Last month, the turnover in the Latvian retail trade industry was up by 1.2%. Compared to January 2012, the turnover was up by 5.2%.

March 2, 2013

Romania: Moderate Growth in Manufacturing and Construction Industry

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

March 1, 2013