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Asfinag Bond: The Motorway Operator Picked Up 1.3 Billion Euro

The local motorway operator Asfinag picked up 1.3 billion euro on the capital market.

September 14, 2010

Russian Fund Accuses RZB of Money Laundering

The Russian fund Hermitage Capital, which has been at loggerheads with the Russian authorities for years owing to a major tax fraud case, now accuses the Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB) for having aided and abetted the money laundering.

September 14, 2010

Magna - Siegfried Wolf to leave in November

Magna International Inc. today announced that Siegfried Wolf, Magna's Co-Chief Executive Officer, has resigned as a director and officer effective November 15, 2010.

September 13, 2010

EVN building cogeneration plant in Plovdiv/Bulgaria

Today, Prime Minister Bokyo Borissov, Provincial Governor Erwin Pröll and EVN's CEO Burkhard Hofer oversaw the ceremony for the construction of a highly efficient cogeneration plant in the city of Plovdiv.

September 13, 2010

The American Chamber of Commerce in Austria is celebrating its 50th Anniversary

For over 50 years AmCham Austria has been promoting economic and trade relations between Austria and the United States of America.

September 13, 2010

OMV targets a 20% market share in Serbia

Important changes are foreseen for 2011 in the Serbian oil industry. Because, effective from January 1, the energy company NIS will lose, albeit theoretically, its artificially upheld monopoly position…

September 13, 2010

Austria stays among the top three foreign investors of the Czech Republic

After the deep slump of the Austrian-Czech foreign trade during the crisis year 2009 by approximately 20%, things are going up steeply again.

September 13, 2010

Plansee expands into India and China

Despite the decline in sales, the Tyrolean company Plansee expands into Asia.

September 13, 2010

After its merger with PartyGaming, bwin has moved its headquarters to Gibraltar

The domestic Internet betting provider bwin recently merged with the British PartyGaming, and becomes the world's largest betting provider. However, the company has moved its headquarters from Vienna to Gibraltar after the takeover.

September 13, 2010

Hypo: 700,000 € go from Berlin to KPMG

The auditing firm, formerly headed by the current Hypo-boss Kranebitter, received more money than previously known.

September 13, 2010

Vienna International Airport: 13.0% increase in passengers during August 2010

In August 2010 the number of passengers handled by Vienna International Airport increased 13.0% year-on-year to 1,991,481.

September 10, 2010

Erste Bank intends to become Austria´s leading bank by 2015

Erste Bank, the banking unit of Erste Group responsible for Austria, announced that it was planning to overtake Raiffeisen and become Austria´s leading bank by 2015.

September 10, 2010

Sugar cartel held Austria by the short hairs from 2004 to 2008

Südzucker, Agrana and another provider sealed off the Austrian sugar market by collusion from 2004 to 2008. The Competition Authority has filed an application for a fine. A chief witness has spilled the beans.

September 10, 2010

Wifo: Economy grew by 2.4 % in the second quarter

According to the Wirtschaftsforschungsinstitut (Economic Research Institute) the growth in the second quarter was due mainly to exports and investment. For the rest of the year, however, the Institute expects a slowdown in economic activity.

September 10, 2010

ÖBB: Layoff of 100 executives and 1,000 administrative jobs

In order to save the financially strongly ailing ÖBB, it is being set on a course of austerity by the new boss, Christian Kern, who has been appointed on Friday. 100 executive and 1,000 administrative jobs are to be cut within the next three years.

September 10, 2010

XXXLutz takes over Slovenia's largest furniture retailer

The furniture store XXXLutz recently took over Slovenia’s largest furniture retailer Lesnina.

September 10, 2010

Bauhaus arrives in Bulgaria via Vienna

The German do-it-yourself group Bauhaus, which controls all its CEE business from Austria, has ambitious plans for Bulgaria.

September 10, 2010

Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank - The new Group Press Officer

Dominic Köfner to take on the role of Group Press Officer for Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank International AG (HGAA)

September 9, 2010

Slovakia increases VAT temporarily

As soon as the budget is back on its feet, the tax will be 19 percent again, according to Prime Minister Iveta Radicova. A deficit of up to eight percent is forecast for 2010.

September 9, 2010

Zotter intends to conquer German cities

The Styrian chocolate maker Josef Zotter wants to open chocolate shops in the German cities of Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. He is currently looking for experienced franchise partners.

September 9, 2010

Personnel-leasing PSL - 61 positions are tottering

As part of its reorganization, PSL wants to lease the company for a rent of 80 percent of the POA to the new PRS Personalservice GmbH.

September 9, 2010

Gambling - Awarding of Austrian concessions not in line with EU laws

After Germany, the domestic monopoly must also be abolished. According to the EU Court of Justice, the awarding of the concession to Casinos Austria is against EU laws due to the lack of a call for tenders.

September 9, 2010

Reorganiser Grossnigg is interested in S&T

The in deficit IT group S&T is about to be restructured. Format, the Austrian magazine, reports that reorganizer Erhard Grossnigg intends to take over the majority of shares.

September 9, 2010

Putin: Gas pipeline Nabucco with "little chance of success"

Putin gives the competition project of the South Stream gas pipeline little chance of being realized, because as of now, Nabucco has no suppliers.

September 8, 2010

Horváth & Partners Study - CEE remains attractive

A new study of the Horváth & Partners Management Consultants studied the success factors for setting up the subsidiaries of production sites in CEE.

September 8, 2010

Parker Hannifin opens subsidiary in Upper Austria

In the future, Parker Hannifin, a U.S. industry supplier, will operate in 17 CEE countries from Austria.

September 8, 2010

Energy - Three offers for Verbund power plants

Those interested are European companies. By mid 2011 the partial sale of Innkraftwerke shall be completed. Right now the current prospects review the economic documents.

September 7, 2010

Berlakovich - Agricultural subsidies must not fall

ÖVP Minister of Agriculture Berlakovich rejected the demand of EU Budget Commissioner Lewandowski. The agricultural budget is one percent of the EU budget and can not continue to shrink.

September 7, 2010

First half-year 2010: trade volume of more than 50 bn euro in both trade flows

Austrian imports increased by 12.3% and Austrian exports rose by 12.5% compared to the same period in 2009.

September 7, 2010

Wholesale price index in August up 5.6%

Wholesale price index in August 2010: +5.6% against August 2009

September 7, 2010

Riedel opens office in Shanghai

Georg Riedel, head of family-owned glass maker Riedel, has announced plans to put more focus on the firm’s investment in China.

September 6, 2010

Turnover in Services Sector increased by 1.9% in the first half of 2010

Based on results for the first half of 2010, turnover of Austrian services enterprises at nominal values rose by 1.9% compared to the first half year 2009.

September 6, 2010

The Austrian electricity price index ÖSPI is to decline in October

The electricity price index for October 2010, calculated by the Austrian Energy Agency (Österreichische Energieagentur), indicates that in October prices of electric energy will fall.

September 6, 2010

Opel - Plant in Vienna Aspern provides EUR 10.6 million per year to Germany

The staff of the automotive plant of General Motors in Aspern provides around EUR 10.6m p.a. for the reorganization of German car producer Opel

September 3, 2010

Verbund calls extraordinary GM to decide on capital increase

Verbund appreciates positive decision of majority shareholder

September 3, 2010

VBAG Group result for the first half of 2010: positive development continued

In the second quarter of 2010, Österreichische Volksbanken-AG (VBAG) Group confirmed the turnaround of the first quarter.

September 3, 2010

Kapsch TrafficCom's South African subsidiary wins contract worth EUR 17.5 million

TMT Services and Supplies, the South African subsidiary of Kapsch TrafficCom has been awarded a contract by the City of Johannesburg worth approximately EUR 17.5 million.

September 2, 2010

CA Immo International completes first phase of DIY store OBI in Romania

Construction phase one of the retail development project in Sibiu has been concluded - DIY store OBI opens with 9,700 sqm of usable space.

September 2, 2010

Casinos Austria International in the red

The overseas subsidiary of Casinos Austria, Casinos Austria International (CAI), fell deep into the red in the first six months of 2010.

September 1, 2010

Casinos Austria Opens Casino in Glasgow

Third CAI project in 2010 – total investment of € 50 million.

September 1, 2010

Magna - Plan of arrangement completed

Magna's plan of arrangement to eliminate Magna's dual-class share structure has been completed.

September 1, 2010

Vienna's unemployment rate drops by 1.8 percent

By the end of August the number of registered jobless in Austria's capital Vienna dropped by 1.8 percent y/y to 71,098.

September 1, 2010

Miba Acquires Producers of Power Electronics Components

Miba, strategic partner to the international engine and automotive industry, has acquired EBG and DAU, producers of power electronics components, as of September 1, 2010.

September 1, 2010

Registration numbers of new passenger cars are up

Provisional number of new passenger car registrations in August 2010: +10.4%.

September 1, 2010

Teak Holz issues convertible bond with value of EUR 10 million

The bond matures in five years and bears a coupon of 5 percent.

September 1, 2010

OeNB: less corporate loans, but more private loans in June

Austrian Central Bank OeNB reported that in June the volume of new loans extended to private households reached the highest level this year, while the value of new corporate loans dropped.

September 1, 2010

Unemployment rate - Ten percent in euro area

Austria continues to exhibit lowest unemployment rates.

August 31, 2010

UBM with slightly improved results

Focus on hotels and housing, regional focus remains on Poland and Germany.

August 31, 2010

Strabag cutting down losses

The construction company increased its backlog by ten percent, the number of employees fell by six per cent, the net loss was cut in half.

August 31, 2010

Raiffeisen Centrobank AG - Interim Financial Report released

Raiffeisen Centrobank made the biggest contribution to the result of the group with a profit after tax of EUR 14.401 mn.

August 31, 2010
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