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CEE Central Eastern Europe

S Immo AG: Disposal Target for 2013 Exceeded

S Immo sold a further five properties.

December 11, 2013

Ten Capital Market Themes for 2014 by Raiffeisenbank

Leading indicators show a recovery of global growth.

December 11, 2013

Improving Situation for Banks in CEE

Raiffeisen analysis getting a notch more optimistic on CEE banks.

December 10, 2013

Wifo: Austrian Economic Growth Still Sluggish

Seasonally adjusted and corrected for working day effects, GDP increased by 0.2 percent compared to the second quarter. The upturn becomes evident only in a very moderate pace.

December 9, 2013

UniCredit: Withdrawal from Hungary as Potential Option

UniCredit does not completely rule out a withdrawal from the Hungarian market in case further burdens will be imposed on banking institutes.

December 4, 2013

UniCredit Bank Ukraine and Ukrsotsbank to be Merged

CEE Division completes additional steps in business refocusing.

December 3, 2013

RBI Calls for Better SME Financing in Europe and CEE

RBI CEO Karl Sevelda calls for improvement of SME financing.

November 28, 2013

Romania: Fitch Rating for Three Banks Affirmed

Fitch has affirmed the ratings for three Romanian banks and forecasts a stable outlook.

November 14, 2013

Half of Austrians Consider the Country Stuck in Recession

According to an online survey, the Austrians are confident and not concerned by the most recent recession in the Eurozone. With a total of 87 index points consumer’s confidence remained stable in the third quarter of 2013.

November 12, 2013

Bank Austria: Results Slightly above Expectations

Results for the first nine months of 2013: BankAustria posts net profit of over EUR 1 billion for the first nine months.

November 12, 2013

“We Need to Pull Down the Iron Curtain in Our Heads“

In an interview with Austrian daily “WirtschaftsBlatt“ Johannes Seiringer, Director of the Austrian office of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) calls for incentives for enterprises to continue investing in CEE.

October 24, 2013

Czech Republic: Singer Nominated Central Bank Govenor of the Year

Miroslav Singer, govenor of the Czech National Bank (CNB) won the Central Bank Govenor of the Year for Emerging Europe 2013 presented by Emerging Markets Magazine.

October 23, 2013

Poland Intends to Keep Banking Sector Small

The Polish financial regulator intends to keep the frequency of bank shops low and avoid risks and bailout by this.

October 23, 2013

Poland: 70 Percent against Introduction of Euro

According to a recent survey carried out by Public Opinion Research Center (CBOS) as many as 70 percent reject the idea of introducing the Euro to Poland.

October 15, 2013

Moody’s: Poland Threatened by Outflow of Foreign Funds

Rating agency Moody’s evaluates the country being moderately exposed to the risk of foreign outflows.

October 14, 2013

RBI Issues EUR 500 Million of Supplementary Capital

Strengthening of capital structure provided by this measure.

October 10, 2013

Romania: Bucharest Stock Exchange to Be Enlarged?

Ludwik Sobolewski, new CEO of Romania’s Bucharest Stock Exchange (BSE), is toying with the idea of enlarging the institution and making it a competition to Budapest, Vienna and Prague withing two years only.

October 7, 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

Czech Enterprises Will Not Cut R&D Expenses

According to a survey carried out by consulting company Deloitte, almost 90 percent of Czech enterprises will keep the amount of expenses in research and development unchanged or even increase the spendings.

September 23, 2013

Conwert: Strategic Repositioning Completed

CEO for conwert in Q4 2013

July 24, 2013

Austria: Agrana Looking for New Market Shares in CEE and CESEE

CEO explains why Croatia and Serbia might be interesting settings

February 25, 2013 · Updated: February 25, 2013; 18:53

Fitch Calls for Higher Capitalization of VBAG, Raiffeisen, Erste

The Austrian banks’ viability ratings are under pressure due to low capitalization and the banks’ exposure to CEE.

December 21, 2011

Tourism Industry Looks Back on Strong Summer Season

Summer season 2011: Arrivals exceed 18 million mark for the first time; 64 million nights spent.

November 23, 2011

Weak Development for Austrian Private Insurers

After a substantial growth in 2010, this year shows only a slight upward trend for the insurance industry. The outlook however is rather pessimistic.

November 1, 2011

Nowotny Expects Lower Growth Rates

The head of the Austrian Central Bank (OeNB) Ewald Nowotny lowers the growth estimation for the Austrian economy.

October 31, 2011

Quanmax Raises Targets for 2011

The Austrian distributor of IT products benefits from the acquisition of S&T. Target turnover for the fiscal year has been revised to € 150m.

October 28, 2011

Germans Are Savings Champions Followed by Austrians

Erste Group Savings Study: Germans save most (€ 180 per month), followed by Austrians (€ 168) and Britons (€ 160). In CEE, the Czechs and Slovaks (€ 90) are the tireless savers.

October 27, 2011

AUA Remains in the Red in 2011

The Austrian carrier improved its operating profit by 30% in the third quarter 2011. A positive result, however, will not be achieved in the full year.

October 27, 2011

Austria´s Manufacturing Industry Maintains its Competitiveness

Austrian goods exports rose significantly since 1995. According to a study of the Austrian Central Bank (OeNB), this is mainly due to a higher degree of competitiveness.

October 17, 2011

CEE Less Vulnerable to Severe Economic Crisis

The reaction of the CEE region to the global slowdown should be less severe than in the post-Lehman crisis, as CEE economies are in a completely different stage of their economic cycle and have reduced their imbalances.

October 17, 2011

Do Austrian Banks Need More Capital?

Recently, the prominent Austrian industrialist Hannes Androsch expressed his concerns about the equity situation of Austrian banks. Androsch sees many challenges for the domestic bank sector.

October 15, 2011

Bank Austria Rethinks Expansion in Hungary

The subsidiary of Italian UniCredit reviews its activities in the country. A withdrawal is not ruled out.

October 12, 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

Mitterlehner: „Settlement of Headquarters Key Question for Austria“

The Austrian Minister of Economics, Reinhold Mitterlehner, wants to push the development of the domestic location through improving framework requirements steadily.

October 4, 2011

Atrium Appoints New CFO

The Vienna-listed Atrium European Real Estate Limited, a real estate company focused on shopping centres in Central and Eastern Europe, announces the appointment of David Doyle as CFO, with effect from 1 January 2012.

October 4, 2011

Upward Trend in CEE Real Estate Market

Erste Group: “CEE Real Estate stocks with upside potential of 15%, profitability lags behind”. The upward trend in CEE is driven by low vacancy, strong occupier demand and low pipeline.

October 3, 2011

Porr Cooperates with German InterCityHotel

In the coming years, the two German and Austrian companies plan 15 new hotels in the CEE area.

September 26, 2011

New Subsidiary for Rabmer Bau in Poland

The Austrian construction group, which is spezialized in renovating canal systems, established a new company in Poland.

September 26, 2011

No Common Trend for CEE-Countries

Regarding economic growth, prospects for CEE countries have worsened slightly. However, the region remains heterogeneous.

September 13, 2011

CEE-Region Remains Essential for Austrian Insurance Companies

According to a current market survey of Fitch, the CEE region plays a central role for domestic insurance companies. There is still growth potential.

September 12, 2011

CEE Economic Forum: Green Trends for Eastern Europe

In 2011, Forum Velden in Carinthia celebrates its 5th anniversary. Since its foundation in 2006, over 1.500 experts, top-managers and politicians from over 25 countries have participated in the Forum.

September 7, 2011

Slow Growth for CEE Telecom Sector Expected

Austrian Erste Group: “Seasonality and mobile data growth as key driver in H2 2011. The industry continues to struggle from slow consumer and public spending – Stabilisation to be expected in 2012.”

September 7, 2011

S Immo: Earnings more than Doubled in the First Half of 2011

The Austrian real estate company recorded EBIT of € 51.3m, up 70.6% year-on-year. Net income doubled to € 10.1m.

August 29, 2011

Sberbank Reduces Offer for VBI after Drop of Share Prices

Sberbank wants to pay less for the purchase of Volksbank International after European bank shares have dropped more than 20%. Executives are going to meet on 28 August to negotiate the deal.

August 26, 2011

Significant Drop in Revenue for SW Umwelttechnik

The Austrian technology company recorded mixed results in a challenging market environment. Revenue dropped 7%, EBIT improved but remained negative at € -1.7m.

August 24, 2011

Erste Group not Interested in Polish Bank Millenium

The Austrian bank continues looking for opportunities to expand into Poland after it has ruled out an acquisition of Bank Millenium.

August 16, 2011

Green Light for Strabag’s Cooperation with Lafarge

The Austrian construction company has wrapped up the acquisition of a 30% stake in the joint venture with the French building material supplier.

August 5, 2011

Immofinanz Acquires Development Site in Poland

The Austrian real estate company plans to develop a shopping center in the Polish city of Lublin. Opening is scheduled for 2013.

August 2, 2011

“Austria Was Boosted by EU Accession, Euro and Opening to Eastern Europe”

Bank Austria analyzed the development of Austria since the EU accession in 1995. It concluded that the economy has taken full advantage of the opportunities offered by the changes.

July 28, 2011

Erste Group Provided Financing for Hospital in Warsaw

The € 32m acquisition financing is the first private hospital financing in CEE of that size which has been closed by Erste Group and also a first in Poland for the bank.

July 15, 2011