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Production Index in March 2010: -2.8% compared to March 2009

The seasonally adjusted production index for the Production Area (NACE 2008 B - F) recorded on the basis of 2005, according to calculations by Statistics Austria in March 2010, a 2.1% decrease compared to February 2010.

May 25, 2010

ÖBB (Austrian Nationalised Railway) - Bures: Save three billion €

Infrastructure Minister Doris Bures announced structural adjustments of various railway projects. As for the Brenner Base Tunnel, long-term financing is difficult to secure.

May 25, 2010

Austrian Airlines expands long-haul capacity

Austrian Airlines is expanding the long-haul capacity in its 2010/2011 Winter Schedule.

May 21, 2010

CEE oil & gas - MOL releases Q1 2010 financial results

The Hungarian-based MOL, one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in Central and Eastern Europe, today posted its Q1 2010 unaudited financial results.

May 21, 2010

Manfred Url succeeds Erich Rainbacher as CEO of Raiffeisen Bausparkasse

Manfred Url succeeds Erich Rainbacher as CEO of Raiffeisen Bausparkasse, Johannes Schuster joins the board of RZB.

May 21, 2010

Sberbank partially repays subordinated loan to the Central Bank, positive signal to creditors

Sberbank, the largest bank in Russia and CIS, announced that it had redeemed the first RUB 200 bn tranche of the RUB 500 bn subordinated loan from the Central Bank of Russia.

May 21, 2010

Sparkassen Immobilien AG - Results of AGM

Stock exchange-listed Sparkassen Immobilien AG announces that the 75% majority required for the approval of the resolution in agenda item 7 with respect to the rights of participating certificates to conversion into ordinary shares was not achieved.

May 21, 2010

Immofinanz makes a hop – soon more shares on the market

Despite the announcement that in the coming months 55 million shares will be placed on the market, the share Immofinanz responded with an increase to the agreement with Constantia BV.

May 21, 2010

Solo attempt at transaction tax is possible says Chamber of Labour

"At purchase of every sausage roll a value-added tax is due, then why don’t financial speculators have to pay no sales tax for market transactions?

May 21, 2010

Austria’s fuel prices below EU-average

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Youth published the fuel price monitor of the European Commission...

May 21, 2010

Mitterlehner - IMD-Ranking as a confirmation of Austria’s growth

Minister of Commerce Reinhold Mitterlehner welcomes the better position of Austria in IMD's ranking of Competitiveness.

May 21, 2010

Austrian Post at a glance

The market environment faced by Austrian Post in the first quarter of 2010 continued to be difficult. Electronic substitution of letters is ongoing, as expected, whereas the advertising market is slowly improving.

May 20, 2010

Sparkassen Immobilien AG starts 2010 with a strong first quarter

Stock exchange-listed Sparkassen Immobilien AG has started the financial year 2010 with a strong first quarter: the major financial indicators have improved significantly compared with the same period last year.

May 20, 2010

Vienna Insurance Group in the first quarter of 2010 - Best first quarter in the corporate history

In the first quarter of 2010, Vienna Insurance Group reported a total of premiums written of EUR 2.53 billion.

May 20, 2010

ICCA publishes country and city rankings 2009

U.S.A. and Vienna still most popular association meeting destinations.

May 20, 2010

OMV to retreat from Russia

Austrian mineral oil company OMV wants to focus on Asia and therefore completely retreats its activity from Russia.

May 20, 2010

Stock Exchange opposes government’s attempt policy regarding introduction of transaction tax

Austria Stock Exchange expresses vehement discontent with the Austrian government’s intention to introduce the transaction costs in a solo attempt.

May 20, 2010

Austrian Post with a 33.4 million profit in first quarter

The total revenue decreased by 1.6 per cent to €585.6m. Compared to last year 912 workers were fired. Future developments are hindered by difficult market situations.

May 20, 2010

Solo attempt as an infringement of regulation

It sounds uneventful, also hardly known by relevant experts however contains explosive substance in the context of the debated transaction tax.

May 20, 2010

Welcome Air to expand its flight network

According to the Austrian Times, Tyrolean airline Welcome Air announced today that it would expand its flight network by autumn this year.

May 19, 2010

Vienna fuel-price summit on 27 May

According to the Austrian Times, there will be a fuel-price summit at the economy ministry on 27 May, it was announced today .

May 19, 2010

Tiger Lacke to enlarge production capacity in China

According to the Austrian Times, upper Austrian firm Tiger Lacke has announced it will increase its production capacity from 10,000 to 15,000 tonnes of powder lacquer annually near Shanghai.

May 19, 2010

Atrium European Real Estate Limited - First Quarter Results

Atrium European Real Estate Limited - First quarter results deliver profit and show continued improvements in efficiency.

May 19, 2010

CEESEG - Institutional Investors’ Demand Increasing Again

The institutional investors’ demand for the companies listed on the member exchanges of CEESEG is growing again after the difficult market situation following the financial crisis.

May 19, 2010

Bene AG - Sales decline for Bene in the financial year 2009/10

In a very challenging economic environment and after an impressive development in prior years, the Bene Group had to record significant declines in sales and earnings figures in the financial year 2009/10.

May 19, 2010

ÖAMTC - oil price are at September 2009 rates but fuel prices are 17 cents higher

Oil prices are decreasing in price however fuel prices are rapidly increasing. Crude oil prices are at levels of September 2009. At the time average prices for diesel were at €0.953 while “Super” was sold at €1.051.

May 19, 2010

Telekom and Mobilkom’s staff representatives prefer a fusion - „Together we’re strong”

To allow for a better representation of employees staff representatives of Mobilkom and Telekom agreed to form a demonstrative collusion.

May 19, 2010

Three Austrian firms amongst the top hundred Red Herring finalists

Three Austrian firms are amongst the top finalists fort his year’s „Red Herring Europe award“: Flimmit, Mobilizy and Nabriva Therapeutics Inc.

May 19, 2010

Mitterlehner relaxed about Euro crisis

People’s Party (ÖVP) Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner has said he will "observe the Euro crisis in a relaxed manner for the next few weeks."

May 19, 2010

China’s minister of economic affairs visiting Vienna

Chen Deming, Chinese minister of economic affairs signed contracts worth of $900m. President Heinz Fischer and Reinhold Mitterlehner (Austrian minister of economic affairs) he was accompanied by a delegation of 120 advisors.

May 19, 2010

National Council pro "Euro security shield"

Social Democrats SPÖ, People Party ÖVP and Green Party members Van der Bellen and Moser vote pro coalition while the freedom party rejects the referendum.

May 19, 2010

Alfred Gusenbauer will be Strabag's chief of supervisory board

The former SPÖ Chancellor succeeds Waldemar Jud as head of the supervisory board of Strabag.

May 18, 2010

Less mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Austria

247 mergers and acquisitions in 2009, value of €11b, two-thirds were cross-border.

May 18, 2010

Intercell AG - Hospital bug vaccine delayed

According to an announcement by Zoe Schneeweiss and Namoi Kresge (Bloomberg) Intercell AG fell the most in two weeks in Vienna, after stating that a vaccine against a deadly hospital bug may be delayed to the first or second quarter of 2011.

May 18, 2010

Verbund to expand in Turkey

The subsidiary of Verbund and Sabanci Holding wants to bid on privatization auction of electricity networks in Turkey.

May 18, 2010

Romania - BRD Groupe Société Générale to overtake the largest bank Banca Comercială Română (BRC)

Ambitious goals for the Development Bank Romania (BRD): The second-largest institute of the country that belongs to the French Societe Generale (SG) wishes to ascend to the largest bank in Romania by 2015 - and thus pass “Erste” subsidiary BCR.

May 18, 2010

C.A.T. Oil AG - dividend announcement

The annual general meeting of shareholders of the company held on 18 June 2010, resolved to distribute dividends in the amount of €0.30 per eligible share for the fiscal year 2009.

May 18, 2010

phion AG - results of financial year 2009/10

IT security specialist phion - the majority of which was acquired by US group Barracuda Networks - was partly affected by reluctance of medium and large companies to invest in IT security.

May 18, 2010

Kapsch TrafficCom releases results for fiscal year 2009/10

Kapsch TrafficCom AG reported an increase in consolidated revenues at a reduced EBIT but at a clearly increased profit before as well as after tax in fiscal year 2009/10 as compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year 2008/09.

May 18, 2010

Saving energy with trams - Research Project EcoTram 3000 mwh to be saved

While trams are getting more and more comfortable they do require significant amount of energy for heating and cooling. The new project EcoTram aims to combine comfort and energy efficiency.

May 18, 2010

Austrian commercial aviation - 2009 a difficult year

In 2009 commercial aviation registered 22,6m passengers (including transit), 2.1m less passengers (8.5 per cent) compared to 2008. Airfreight decreased by 2.5 per cent or 209,200.3 tonnes while air mail also declined by 10.1 per cent.

May 18, 2010

Transaction tax - SPÖ plans a referendum

The Social Party Austria together with the German Social Party (SPD) plans to start a referendum on a financial transaction tax as well as financial regulation. It would constitute the first EU-referendum.

May 18, 2010

Inflation at 2 per cent in April

Austria’s inflation rate remains constant at 2 per cent in April compared to March. Without driving price developments of petroleum products (+23 per cent), inflation rate would register 1,1 per cent according to “Statistik Austria”.

May 18, 2010

WIFO-head - transaction tax yes, but not solo

If a tax is limited to one country it would result into a stock tax says the head of Austrian Institute of Economic Research Austria (Wirtschaftsforschungs Institut Österreich WIFO) Karl Aiginger.

May 18, 2010

Transaction tax is favourable to bank tax according to WIFO

According to WIFO (Institute of economic research Austria) a financial transaction tax (TT) is favourable to a bank tax (BT) on multiple grounds.

May 17, 2010

Manpower to break threshold of 3000 temporary workers

In 2009 25 branches were opened in Austria and a turnover of €84,3m was achieved.

May 17, 2010

Austrian health insurance sector recorded a small deficit

After last year’s surplus Austria’s 19 health insurance companies are expecting a minor deficit in 2010. According to May’s forecast a €11.8m decline is expected at an overall budget of 14.5 billion euros.

May 17, 2010

Construction costs further rising

Construction costs for residential buildings and housing estates significantly increased in April. The index portrays a 4.5 per cent increase compared to last year’s value and a 1.1 per cent increase to the value in March.

May 17, 2010

Alpine to retreat from hydro energy project

Bulgarian news agencies confirmed the retreat of Austrian building company Alpine from a common hydro-energy project with Austrian energy company EVN and Bulgarian state-owned company NEK.

May 17, 2010