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Czech Republic: Economic Sentiment on the Rise

According to recent surveys, confidence in the Czech Republic is increasing slightly.

October 25, 2012

Czech Banking Association Pessimistic

CBA has lowred its forecast on the Czech economy. The decreasing household consumption would be the main reason.

October 12, 2012

Austrian Economy Stagnates

According to Austrian National Bank (OeNB), the economic growth rate will be slightly negative. A recession is not excluded.

October 12, 2012

Austria: Fixed Costs Come at 55% of Household Income

In Eastern Europe, the share of fixed costs is even higher. Romanian households spend 76% of their income on fixed costs.

October 4, 2012

Czech National Bank Expects More Interest Rate Cuts

The governor of the Czech National Bank Miroslav Singer explained that the monetary easing program will continue.

September 27, 2012

Hungary: Simor Criticizes Interest Cut

The governor of Hungary´s National Bank Andras Simor warns of an increase in inflation.

September 26, 2012

Bulgarian Economy to Recover

In 2013, Bulgaria is expected to show substantially higher growth rates, UniCredit Bulbank says.

September 24, 2012

Poland Adapts Austerity Targets

Due to the economic crisis in Europe, the Polish government gives up its aim to reach a budget deficit below 2.2% of GDP.

September 5, 2012

Hungary: Foreign Direct Investments Declining

Against the reference period of 2011, investments in Hungary were down by 6%.

September 3, 2012

Slovenian Bankruptcy Would Hit Austria Particularly Hard

Prime Minister Janez Jansa announced that Slovenia may have to declare its national bankruptcy in October. Austria´s share in foreign direct investment made in Slovenia reaches about 50%.

September 3, 2012

Poland´s Central Bank Dissatisfied with GDP Growth

In the second quarter, Poland grew by 2.4% instead of 3.0%. The Polish Central Bank does not want to postpone quantitative easing measures any longer.

September 1, 2012

Romania Still Shows Weak Growth Rates

“We expect economic recovery to remain sluggish. Weak external demand suggests exports and industry would not offer support to GDP growth. “ RCB (Raiffeisen Centrobank) says.

August 31, 2012

Slovenia in a Vicious Circle

Slovenia´s Prime Minister Janez Jansa warns that his country may has to announce its national bankruptcy in October.

August 31, 2012

Polish Retail Sales Growing Substantially

In July, Polish retail sales increased by 6.9% on the year. In 2012, retail sales are expected to increase by 6.5%.

August 24, 2012

Croatia: Crisis Sharpens

The Croatian recession seems to continue. Consumption falls further, unemployment continues to rise.

August 7, 2012

Austrian Inflation Up Again

Slight increase of consumer price inflation to 2.2% (HICP 2.2%) in June 2012.

July 16, 2012

Income Grows Slower Than GDP

For years, the increase in wages and salaries is lower than the rise in company profits.

July 14, 2012

Austrian GDP per Capital € 35,710 in 2011

Austrian economy 2011: growth of +2.7% despite challenging global environment. The manufacturing industry was the driving factor of the growth last year.

July 13, 2012

Austrian Central Bank Expects Economic Stabilization

Austria´s budget deficit is expected to decrease, the economic growth should increase slightly.

June 11, 2012

Optimistic Economic Forecasts for Austria

According tot he Austrian Central Bank (OeNB), Austria´s economic growth will be substantially above the European average.

June 8, 2012

Slow Growth in Austrian Industry

In 2012, the Austrian economy is expected to grow by 0.8%. The overall uncertainty remains, optimism in the Austrian industrial sector shrinks.

June 1, 2012

Economic Indicator: Slow Recovery Expected

The Bank Austria business indicator indicates a slight upward trend. In the second quarter, economic growth is expected to reach 0.2%.

May 16, 2012

Austrian Economy Grows Slowly

After a period of stagnation, the Austrian economy showed a small growth rate of 0.2% in the first quarter of 2012.

May 15, 2012

Austrian Economy Recovers Slowly

The Austrian Central Bank (OeNB) sees signs of a recovery. A recession is not expected.

March 20, 2012

Turnaround for Austrian Economy?

Bank Austria´s business indicator states that the Austrian economy could return to growth. For the first quarter, a small growth rate is expected.

February 14, 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

Inflation Reached 3.3% in 2011

Annual rate of the Consumer Price Inflation went up to +3.3 % (HICP: +3.6%) in the year 2011. Inflation in December went down slightly.

January 16, 2012

2012 Brings Stagnation for Austrian Economy

According to Bank Austria´s economic indicator, Austrian economic growth will only reach 0.8% this year.

January 16, 2012

Economic Downturn Becomes More Obvious

Due to the strong development in the first half year, Austria´s economic growth will amount to 2.9% in 2011. However, for 2012 the growth rate will decrease significantly.

November 16, 2011

Austrian Inflation Decreases to 3.4%

Consumer Price Inflation decreased to +3.4% in October 2011. The main draivers are lodging and energy prices.

November 16, 2011

Austrian Households Control Assets worth € 471bn

Despite a declining savings rate, households remain the most important provider of capital to domestic banks.

November 3, 2011

Online Shopping is Booming in Austria

45% of the Austrian population already practiced online shopping. The share of enterprises using mobile broadband connections rose significantly against 2010.

October 18, 2011

Consumer Confidence Declines in the Second Quarter

In line with the global trend, Austrian consumers have recently become less optimistic. Major concerns are rising cost of living and the general economic situation.

August 19, 2011

Monthly Expenditures of Austrian Households: € 2,910

Household Budget Survey 2009/10: Monthly expenditures for housing and energy account for 24%.

April 12, 2011

Austrian Industrial Production Still Growing

Statistics Austria: Rise in Production index in January 2011: 8.4% over January 2010

March 26, 2011

Vienna Reacts to Predicted Housing Shortage

Union and construction industry welcome the "housing offensive" of the city government.

March 17, 2011

Austrian Inflation Speeds Up

The Austrian consumer price inflation increased to 2.5% in January 2011. This development has been caused by rising energy prices.

March 1, 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

Increase in Electricity and Gas Consumption

Austrian electricity consumption rises to the level before the economic crisis. Gas consumption is also showing a new record.

February 16, 2011

Strong Sales and Weak Profits in Austria's Retail Business

Almost all sectors recorded sales growth, but not all businesses benefited from the boom: "Sales growth is not equal to profit growth".

February 16, 2011

Austrian Inflation to be well above 2% in 2011

Temporary price-drivers of fuels, commodities as well as the budget consolidation spurring inflation on, but lack of cyclical inflationary pressures.

January 27, 2011

Inflation Increased up to 2.2% in Austria

The Consumer Price Inflation (HICP) increased up to 2.2 % in December 2010. This was mainly due to energy prices.

January 15, 2011

Sales Increases for the Pfeiffer Group

The Upper Austrian commercial group increased its sales last year to € 682m. Price pressures are however immense, according to Pfeiffer.

January 13, 2011

Record of New Car Registrations

The number of registrations of new passenger cars registered an increase in Austria of 2.9% compared with 2009, with a total of 328,563 vehicles.

January 12, 2011

REWE Group Focuses on Wind Power

6500 MWh of electricity per year are generated by wind turbines in the Lower Austrian Haindorf. The energy produced is bought by the REWE Group.

December 28, 2010

Tourists from Russia Increase

The number of Russian guests in Austria continues on the rise. A double-digit growth might even be possible again.

December 28, 2010

Further Rise in Energy Prices for Households

Austrian energy prices in November 2010 were higher by 5.8% compared to the previous year. Only gas became cheaper.

December 27, 2010

Generali Money Study: What Austrians Will Spend their Money on in 2011

More money will be spent on vacations, housing and sports. Propensity to consume is higher in men.

December 27, 2010

Inflation falls to 1.9% in November

According to calculations by Statistik Austria, the inflation rate for November 2010 was 1.9% after 2.1% in October. Price drivers are energy and housing.

December 16, 2010

Austrians spend about € 2.5bn on gifts

Spending propensity shows a rising trend. Cash is still the most widely means of payment.

December 14, 2010
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