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Vienna International Retail and Consumer Industry News

New Owner E-Tec Brings DiTech Back Into Business

The brand DiTech has been purchased after the bankruptcy by the Upper Austrian Computer Dealer e-tec. Now the newly established DiTech Electronic GmbH starts operations. The first stores open already at the beginning of September.

August 29, 2014

Signa Buys Karstadt for €1

Austria's Signa Holding takes over struggling German department store chain Karstadt. Signa acquires a 100 per cent stake in Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH from Berggruen Holdings. Berggruen Holdings is going to withdraw from Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH, Karstadt Premium and Karstadt Sports as well as from from each property. The deal ends weeks of speculation over the company's future after the CEO left in July. Rene Benko will pay just €1 for the department store chain. Karstadt operates more than 80 stores across Germany and employs more than 17.000 people.

August 15, 2014

Russia Orders Agricultural Import Bans in Sanction Retaliation

Vladimir Putin signed a decree limiting or banning imports of agricultural products from countries which have imposed sanctions on Russia, the Kremlin's press service announced. It is estimated that following CEE/SEE countries will be hit by the retaliatory sanctions: Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Brussels, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

August 6, 2014

Analysis: Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna, Austria

The contest will take place in Vienna, Austria, following Conchita Wurst's victory in the 2014 contest in Copenhagen, with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix". On 6 August 2014, it was announced that Vienna had been chosen as the host city for the 2015 contest. It will be hosted in Wiener Stadthalle.

August 6, 2014

Eurovision Song Contest 2015: The Winner is Vienna

"As an internationally-minded city, Vienna is the best venue for this event, and will prove its cosmopolitan nature to the international public. Most importantly, we want the Song Contest on 23 May 2015 to be a cause for celebration for everyone in Vienna - locals and guests alike." says Mayor Michael Häupl.

August 6, 2014

Casinos Austria to Challenge Concessions for Competitors

Casinos Austria, has challenged three new casino licenses. Complaints were submitted to the ministry of finance on Thursday afternoon - "Wiener Zeitung” reported. With this move Casinos Austria wants to hamper the plans of its rivals - Novomatic (concessions for Bruck a.d. Leitha and Prater) and Schweizer Stadtcasinos Baden (Schwarzenberg Palace in Vienna).

July 25, 2014

Tengelmann to Launch Online Gardening DIY Chain in Austria

The German online gardening DIY chain GartenXXL, a subsidiary of the Tengelmann group, is setting up in Austria. The range of offered products includes over 20,000 products from brands such as Gardena, Fiskars, Bosch or Kettler. The products shall be offered via gartenxxl.at. After successful launching in Austria, GartenXXL intends to expand to other countries in CEE/CESEE.

July 22, 2014

Stamp Producer Trodat to Slash 40 Jobs

Stamp producer Trodat announced plans to slash 40 jobs in order to reduce operation costs, but the firm has not changed its guidance for this and subsequent years, as it targets doubling the revenue to EUR 300 million by 2020.

July 1, 2014

Austrian Export Award 2014 for Above-Average Export Commitment

As part of a festive gala evening in Vienna's Museumsquartier, the Austrian Export Prize 2014 has been awarded by the Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economics, Reinhold Mitterlehner, and the President of the Economic Chamber Austria (WKO) Christoph Leitl.

June 26, 2014

Hilton Vienna Plaza Finishes First Stage of €20 Million Re-design

Hilton Vienna Plaza is currently undergoing extensive renovation as part of a €20 million modernisation that will see the entire hotel transformed. The first stage of the re-design is set for tomorrow, June 6, 2014, followed by the full re-opening in September 2014.

June 5, 2014

Century Casinos Opens Casino on Nova Star Cruise Ferry

Century Casinos announced the successful opening of the casino onboard Nova Star Cruises luxury cruise ferry Nova Star on it's maiden voyage from Portland, Main, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia yesterday.

May 16, 2014

Austria: Creditors of DiTech Faced With Total Losses

The Austrian computer equipment retailer has filed for insolvency proceedings at the end of March.

May 12, 2014 · Updated: May 13, 2014; 10:55

Amazon Gets New Warehouse in the Czech Republic

US-based online retailer Amazon will get a warehouse in the EIA informationsystem in the Černovická terasa industrial zone in Brno.

May 12, 2014

German Retailer Metro Faces Massive Losses in CEE

Sales in CEE declined 14.8 percent last year for German retail and wholesale enterprise Metro Group.

May 9, 2014

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