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CEE Central Eastern Europe

“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

Austria’s Exposure in Italy: € 16.5bn

Domestic banks’ exposure in the neighboring country is much greater than in Greece, but smaller than in Eastern Europe.

July 11, 2011

Upswing in Business Location Projects

The national investment promotion agency registered a strong increase in the number of companies investing in Austria. The trend is expected to continue in 2011.

July 8, 2011

S&T: Operating Loss Widened

The ailing Austrian IT service provider has not yet achieved the turnaround. Half of the company’s share capital has already been used up.

June 30, 2011

RBI: Acquisition of Polbank Stake Advancing

The Austrian bank has received anti-trust approval of the deal. Closing and operational merger are expected in Q4/2011 or Q1/2012.

June 30, 2011

Weak Start of Summer Season in Austrian Tourism

Tourism in May 2011: 11.6% less overnights and 7.9% less guests. The number of visitors from CEE increased strongly.

June 27, 2011

International Business Important for Austrian Insurers

The Austrian insurance companies recorded moderate growth in the first quarter of the year. More than 50% of their premium income comes from their international business.

June 21, 2011

Erste Group Manages Bond Issue of Czech Railways

The order book grew in only one hour to € 400m from 60 institutional investors. Approximately 75% have been subscribed by investors from Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria.

June 21, 2011

Palmers on the Way Back to Black Figures

The Austrian lingerie group’s results are still negative due to the acquisition of Lejaby. An expansion of the Palmers brand is planned in Germany and CEE.

June 15, 2011

AUA Give Up Their Focus on CEE

Austrian Airlines are going to improve their connections to Western Europe at the expense of their destinations in the East. The company is currently serving 46 airports in CEE.

May 30, 2011

ÖBB: No Sale of Loss-Making Rail Cargo Hungaria

The Austrian Federal Railways want to become market leader in rail cargo in Central and Southeastern Europe. € 30m will be invested in Hungary.

May 27, 2011

SW Umwelttechnik Still in the Red

The Austrian technology company reported a slight increase in revenue. EBIT improved from € -2.9m to € -2.5m.

May 25, 2011

Eastern Europe Becoming Attractive Again

For two years Austrians have abstained from investing in Eastern Europe, resulting in a loss of market share in these countries. Interest starts to recover now.

May 25, 2011

Wolf Theiss Identifies Opportunities in CEE Electricity Markets

Significant legislative changes particularly in Bulgaria and Romania, two of the most dynamic markets for RES-Electricity in the CEE/SEE region, have resulted in a dramatic increase in investor and other stakeholder interest in such projects.

May 3, 2011

Erste Group Reports Small Profit Increase

Erste Group increases Q1 2011 net profit to € 260.6 m on lower risk costs, despite negative impact from banking taxes.

April 28, 2011

"Austria has Lost its Chance"

The labor market opening of Austria for the more recent EU member states comes too late, according to the manufacturing industry.

April 27, 2011

Trenkwalder Gets Fresh Capital with Droege Capital

German Droege Capital GmbH acquires the majority stake in the Austrian employment agency Trenkwalder International AG.

April 23, 2011

Real Purchasing Power: The Gap Between Austria and the CEE Region is Getting Smaller

For the coming years, a steady rise in unit labor costs in the CEE countries with the corresponding impact on the competition for business locations is expected.

April 16, 2011

Founding conference of the “CESEE Insurance Supervision Initiative” in Vienna

The “CESEE Insurance Supervision Initiative” is holding its founding conference today and tomorrow in Vienna.

April 16, 2011

Coface: Profit of the Group Better than Before the Crisis in 2010

Austria and the CEE surpasses the international trend: increasing sales, decreasing management costs and lower claims ratio improve financial strength.

April 8, 2011

Leitl: "Austria is Very Well Positioned for the Opening of the Labor Market"

Experts estimate immigration potential to be between 15,000 to 25,000 people; gains from migration for Austria, as from 1 May, about € 900m.

April 8, 2011

Economic Growth in CEE and Austria Remains Solid

Concerning the equity markets as well as the economic circumstances, Raiffeisen Research is quite optimistic. In 2011, a further economic recovery is expected.

April 6, 2011

Foreign Capital Inflows Make a Comeback to CEE

Foreign direct investments picked up by 9% in CEE; Czech Republic scored best in attracting FDIs, says Erste Group.

March 30, 2011

VBI: Romania Remains a Weak Point

The foreign holding of the Austrian Volksbanken group has to cope with credit risk provisions for € 160m from its Romanian subsidiary.

March 16, 2011

Saubermacher Plans Expansion

The Austrian recycling company continues developing successfully. An expansion in South East Europe is being sought.

March 11, 2011

Economic Policy: Criticism of Berlin, Praise for Vienna

The leader of the German Left Party, Gregor Gysi, says that Vienna has lead a better economic policy after the fall of the Soviet bloc than Berlin.

March 4, 2011

Austria as Central Europe’s Logistics Hub

Austria's transport industry shows optimism. The employment situation is expected to improve still further.

March 1, 2011

Stable Sales for Rewe Austria

The German food retail group was able to increase its sales moderately last year. The number of employees has increased.

February 26, 2011

Henkel CEE grows in Eastern Europe

The German company, which has set up its Eastern European headquarters in Vienna, achieved a sales increase of 6%.

February 26, 2011

Baumit Group: Steady Sales

The sales situation of the Austrian construction group shows hardly any changes: sales for € 790m were recorded in 2010.

February 19, 2011

Lopatka Demands Structural Reforms and Budgetary Discipline

The State Secretary for Finance at the German-Austrian Financial and Economic Forum.

February 11, 2011

Upward Trend for CEE Insurance Stocks

CEE insurance stocks to get a boost from rising profits, cheap valuation and stronger investor demand.

February 10, 2011

Business Climate Improves in Eastern Europe

According to the Austrian Kontrollbank (OeKB), the Business Climate Index has risen in Eastern Europe for the seventh consecutive time.

February 9, 2011

Eastern Europe Slows Siemens Austria Down

The pre-crisis level has not been reached yet, says CEO Hesoun. Public savings programs prevent the technology company's growth.

February 9, 2011

Rising Bankruptcy Fears in Eastern Europe

The Austrian Creditor Protection Association “Creditreform” foresees a further rise in bankruptcies in Eastern Europe. The economic crisis is not over yet.

February 9, 2011

150 New Bank Austria Branches in Eastern Europe

The new board of the CEE Division of Bank Austria presented the group's expansion plans for Eastern Europe. By 2015, 900 branches are to be added.

February 9, 2011

RBI Faces an Increase in Equity

The Austrian Raiffeisen Bank International will strengthen its equity, announces Attorney General Konrad.

February 8, 2011

Raiffeisen Bank International Acquires 70% of Polbank

The Austrian RBI purchases Polbank for € 490m in cash. Polbank is seen as ideal complement to existing Raiffeisen Bank Polska .

February 4, 2011

Investments in Renewable Energies in the CEE are booming

According to a study by TPA Horwath, Austrian companies will expand massively their involvement in the field of renewable energies in the CEE region.

February 4, 2011

Refunding at S&T Accepted by Banks

The Austrian software company could close a “refinancing package” with its creditors. S&T sells subsidiaries in Ukraine and Moldova.

February 1, 2011

Humanomed to Expand to CEE/SEE

The Austrian Humanomed-Group, a health care company, sees potential to expand to countries in (South) Eastern Europe.

January 28, 2011

Austria: The Gateway to Central Asia?

Leading Austrian politicians intend to attract attention at the World Economic Forum to what promises to be a new target region.

January 26, 2011

Vienna Insurance Group Shows 15% Increase in Profits

Significant plus of Group profit for the year (before taxes) by almost 15 percent to about € 505m. Increase of premiums written by 6.1 percent to € 8.7bn.

January 25, 2011

Bank Austria: Bank of Moscow is No Longer an Issue

Bank Austria will not submit an offer for the Bank of Moscow, against all market speculations. Instead, it will open its own branches.

January 20, 2011

Weak Capital Base of Austrian Banks

According to the rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P), Austria's major banks are equipped with very weak equity by international standards.

January 20, 2011

Trend Reversal: International investors push for Austria's Real Estate Market

Austria is getting increasingly popular for foreign real estate investors. Mainly speculators start to get interested in the domestic market to care.

January 19, 2011

Oberbank is Expanding

Oberbank boss Franz Gasselberger has big plans. The branch network will be expanded this year by eight new branches to 150. The banker’s focus of expansion is Vienna.

January 19, 2011

Volksbank: Romania Lowers Results

The losses in Romania constitute a distinct disadvantage, especially for the sale process of the East-Holding of the VBI.

January 19, 2011

Treichl: Massive Criticism on Austrian Government

Andreas Treichl, CEO of Erste Group criticizes the Austrian Government for its fiscal and structural policy. 2011 would be the last chance for reforms.

January 16, 2011
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