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Scharinger: „Rating Agencies Are Instruments of Torture“

The leaving CEO of RLB Upper Austria, Ludwig Scharinger, is convinced that Europe needs must make itself more competitive against the U.S. financial industry.

January 24, 2012

“Europe, quo vadis?”

Today, the 9th Vienna Congress com•sult takes place in Vienna. The central issue “Challenges of Leadership in Europe” is discussed, among others, by Lech Walesa, Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Avigdor Liberman.

January 24, 2012

New Records for Viennese Tourism

In 2011, the Austrian capital registered 11.4 million guest nights, which is a new record.

January 24, 2012

New Record in Agricultural Exports

In 2011, Austrian food exports exceeded € 9.0bn for the first time.

January 21, 2012

Moody´s Downgrades Telekom Austria

The U.S. rating agency lowered Telekom Austria´s rating from A3 to Baa1, which is due to the weak business development.

January 19, 2012

AT&S Launches Strategic Alliance with U.S. MFLEX

Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc. and AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik Aktiengesellschaft, today announced a Strategic Alliance Agreement.

January 19, 2012

Signs for Economic Stabilization

The Austrian Central Bank (OeNB) sees signs that the economic downturn trend can be stopped. A small growth in 2012 could be possible.

January 17, 2012

Metro Cancels Kaufhof Sale

The Austrian real estate investor René Benko has to abandon the plan to take over the German retail chain Kaufhof.

January 17, 2012

Binder Creates New Technology Company

Binder+Co AG has started the 2012 financial year with the foundation of a new subsidiary in the shape of Bublon GmbH. Binder+Co Group now consists of a total of four companies.

January 16, 2012

Downgrade: „It´s Time to Take Action“

The downgrade of Austria´s rating from “AAA” to “AA+” caused mixed reactions. The Austrian economy urges for structural actions.

January 15, 2012

New Management for Microsoft Austria

With Georg Obermeier, the Austrian subsidiary of the U.S. software group has a new executive.

January 14, 2012

Downgrade: Government Surprised and Criticized

For the Austrian government, the downgrade by the U.S. rating agency is „not comprehensible”. The domestic industry urgently claims structural reforms.

January 14, 2012

Austria to Lose its AAA

According to partially confirmed market rumors, S&P will downgrade France and Austria.

January 13, 2012

Bank Austria Lost Madoff Case

Bank Austria distributed Primeo Funds, issued by the U.S. former investment banker Bernard Madoff. The prospectus did not contain sufficient information, a Viennese court decided.

January 13, 2012

Lenzing Continues Supply to U.S. Army

U.S. President Obama signs permanent import approval allowing the Austrian Lenzing AG to supply flame-resistant fibers to the U.S. Army.

January 12, 2012

Fitch: Austria´s AAA-Rating Not Endangered

According to the U.S. rating agency, the financial stability in Austria is still excellent. The bond auction today went well.

January 10, 2012

Petrom and Exxon Explore in Black Sea

Petrom, the Romanian subsidiary of the Austrian oil and gas group OMV, closed a partnership with the U.S. oil group ExxonMobil.

January 9, 2012

Substantial Decrease in Stock Market Turnover

The Vienna Stock Exchange recorded a decline in stock market turnover by 18% in 2011. This is also due to new taxes.

January 2, 2012

New Record for Austrian Wine Exports

Although the quantity of wine exports is shrinking steadily, the export volume worth € 126m reached a new record.

December 28, 2011

Emco With Growth Plans

The new owner of the former A-Tec subsidiary, now can begin to realize its expansion plans.

December 27, 2011

Benko Relieved from Money Laundering Accusations

Investigations against the Austrian real estate investor will end soon, German newspapers report. Benko bids for Metro´s subsidiary Kaufhof.

December 20, 2011

Kaufhof-Deal Not Closed Before 2012

The two main competitors for the German retail chain are the Austrian real estate investor René Benko and the U.S. investor Nicolas Berggruen.

December 17, 2011

Difficult Search for Investors at Wall Street

Austrian companies try to find new investors in the U.S. The relatively small size of Vienna Stock Exchange and the euro-crisis make this difficult.

December 8, 2011

Rating Agencies Are Seen As Threat

The governor of the Austrian Central Bank, Ewald Nowotny, attacks S&P. For the head of the economic research institute IHS, Bernhard Felderer, the negative outlook must be seen as a warning signal.

December 7, 2011

Austrian Foreign Trade Deficit on the Rise

From January to September 2011: imports rose by 17%, exports increased by 14%. The deficit amounts to € 6.0bn.

December 7, 2011

Increasing Gap in Incomes

Although Austria´s Gini coefficient is relatively low, the gap between high and low incomes becomes larger.

December 6, 2011

Only Small Increase in Exports in 2012

After a substantial growth in 2011, OECD expects only a slight rise in Austrian exports.

December 6, 2011

UK Court Freezes Assets of Kohn

A British judge froze funds of 27m pounds (€ 31.4m) of the Austrian former investment banker Sonja Kohn, who is accused to have participated in Bernard Madoff´s frauds.

December 3, 2011

Benko Puts Pressure on Kaufhof

The Austrian real estate investor René Benko presents his growth program and wants to outbid his rival, the U.S. investor Berggruen.

November 28, 2011

Investigations Against Benko

The Austrian real estate investor Benko is suspected for money laundering. Benko denies and sees a link to the Kaufhof-deal.

November 26, 2011

Austrian & CEE Investor Conference 2011 in New York

15 companies from Austria and CEE will participate in the conference on 28 November.

November 25, 2011

Analysts Expect Good Results for Kapsch TrafficCom

The Austrian toll system supplier will increase sales as well as earnings in the third quarter, analysts say.

November 22, 2011

Rosenbauer Reports Drop in Profit

The Austrian manufacturer of fire fighting vehicles registered record order intake of € 456m in the first nine months of the year. Revenues and EBIT came in lower than expected due to shipment delays.

November 18, 2011

Strong Growth for Exports to USA in 2012

This year, Austrian exports to the U.S. will reach the level of 2008. The export volume will amount to € 6.0bn this year.

November 12, 2011

Bawag Sues Linz For € 418m

The U.S.-owned bank now sues the Upper-Austrian capital. Linz has terminated a swap contract based on Swiss Francs.

November 8, 2011

Intercell Still Reports Losses

The Austrian pharmaceutical company could reduce its net losses from € 50.8m to € 20.62m. For the full year the net loss expectations ranges up to € 40m.

November 8, 2011

Starbucks to Expand in Austria

The U.S. company plans to strengthen ist market presence in Austria. In 2011, a double-digit sales growth is expected.

November 7, 2011

Linz Believes in Victory Over BAWAG

The capital of the province of Upper Austria filed a lawsuit against Bawag, which is held by the U.S. investment funds Cerberus.

November 2, 2011

bwin.party to Enter USA

The British-Austrian gambling company has now found a partner in ordert o provide its gambling services in the U.S.

November 2, 2011

Growth in U.S. Winter Sports Market as a Chance

Against 2010, the U.S. winter sports market shows a rise in sales of 12%. The Austrian winter sports industry regards this as chance.

October 25, 2011

R&D Expenses on the Rise

The largest Austrian Enterprises increased their budgets for research & development by 9.6% on average. This is slightly beyond the global average (9.3%).

October 24, 2011

Subway to Restart in Austria

The U.S. fast food chain aims to return to Austria. In 2005, Subway had to leave, which was due to the insolvency of a franchising partner.

October 24, 2011

GM Makes Major Investment in Austria

The U.S. corporation invests € 50m in its Viennese powertrain factory.

October 19, 2011

U.S. Investor Buys 44% Stake in Leica

The U.S. investment fund Blackstone acquired 44% in Leica Camera from the Austrian investor Andreas Kaufmann.

October 19, 2011

U.S. Company Claims $ 25m From Andritz

The U.S. company Ovalstrapping accuses the Austrian technology Company Andritz to have copied its technologies. Andritz defends itself.

October 19, 2011

Vienna Again Among Top 5 in Innovation Cities Global Ranking

Boston came first again in a field of 331 cities in the Innovation Cities Global Index. This year’s among top five cities apart from Boston were San Francisco, Paris, New York and Vienna. Prague was 43th, Budapest 47th.

October 19, 2011

Austrian Food Exports are Booming

About 66% of the domestic food production is being exported. Germany remains the most important foreign market.

October 10, 2011

UniCredit: Sale of Bank Austria?

According to market rumors, the Italian bank considers to sell its Austrian subsidiary in order to strengthen its own position. Bank Austria´s CEO Cernko denies fiercely.

October 8, 2011

Upper Austria Waits for Google

The Austrian province already has provided the infrastructure for the U.S. internet service provider google. But construction works for the data processing center did not began until now.

October 8, 2011

Layoff at UPC

The Austrian subsidiary of the U.S. group Liberty Global further reduces staff.

September 20, 2011