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Czech Republic

Success for VIG Group Companies in the Czech Republic

Martin Diviš named “Insurance Manager of the Year”.

November 14, 2013

Czech Republic: CNB Concerned about Private Households

In regard to the most recent forex intervention, the Czech National Bank (CNB) has expressed concern about private households, which would be affected for a longer period since savings as well as income will drop.

November 13, 2013

CESEE: Economic Turnaround Ahead

Ruchir Sharma, fund manager at Morgan Stanley stresses that Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe is more attractive than the BRICS countries.

November 12, 2013

Czech President Sceptical about CNB’s Forex Intervention

Czech President Zeman expressed his reservations about the Central Bank’s latest forex interventions.

November 12, 2013

Czech Republic: CNB to Intervene in Forex Market

After the Czech koruna (CZK) was devalued, the Czech National Bank (CNB) is keen on preventing a deflation. However, the key rate cannot be cut anymore as it is close to zero.

November 11, 2013

Czech Banking Sector Strongly Influenced by Foreign Banks

The EBRD has published the “Banking Environment Performance Survey”. Foreign parent banks exert a strong influence on their subsidiaries.

November 9, 2013

Czech National Bank Starts Currency Interventions

In order to stop the recession in the Czech Republic, CNB eases monetary policy further.

November 8, 2013

Unequal Retail Real Estate Investment Activity in CESEE

While investments in retail real estate in Bulgaria see an upturn, those in Romania have dropped immensely by more than 50 percent.

November 8, 2013

Czech Republic: Economic Outlook Improves

In its latest forecast, the Czech National Bank (CNB) has corrected the outlook on the Czech economy upward for the rest of 2013 while estimates for 2014 were slightly downgraded.

November 8, 2013

Komercni Banka Posts Lower Net income

Today, Czech Komercni Banka published the third quarter results. Lending was up by 2.9%, deposits grew by 4.8%. Net income was down by 7.75.

November 7, 2013

Banking Sector Reduces Lending

Instead of offering loans to the corporate sector, banks tend to invest in sovereign bonds. The CESEE region is particularly affected by this.

November 6, 2013

CESEE Region: Booming Exports Prevent Recession

The underlying reason for the improving economic sentiment in the CESEE region is the expanding industrial sector. However, the region remains vulnerable to foreign trade and foreign investments.

November 5, 2013

Czech Republic Crawls Out of the Recession

The recession in the Czech Republic comes to an end. Fixed investments are still the main weak point.

November 4, 2013

Czech Budget Deficit to Remain Below Approved Mark

The budget deficit in the Czech Republic increased to CZK 47.7bn in October from CZK 38.2bn in September.

November 4, 2013

Czech Growth Outlook Revised

The Czech Ministry of Finance has improved its economic forecasts.

November 1, 2013

Czech Republic: Consumer Loans Weaken

The Czech loan growth is mainly driven by housing loans. The overal loan structure is improving, the NPL level remains flat.

November 1, 2013

Slovak Banking Industry Records Growing Net Income

In the first nine months of 2013, Slovakia´s banking sector recorded a total net profit of € 449m.

November 1, 2013

Czech Unemployment Stable

In the last twelve months, the Czech labor market conditions remained almost unchanged. Employment was up slightly, unemployment was flat.

November 1, 2013

Visegrad Countries Encourage Western Balkans to Join EU

Representatives from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary support the EU accession of Western Balkan countries.

October 31, 2013

Czech Banking Industry Is “Healthy”

According to the Czech banking association (CBA), the Czech banks are well equipped with capital.

October 31, 2013

Czech Republic: Stock Exchange Reacts to Election Results

After the general elections the Prague Stock Exchange (BCPP) grew significantly since corporate taxes, as threatened by the policymakers, will not be introduced.

October 30, 2013

Czech Republic: Monetary Easening Not an Option for CNB

Improper exit policy could cause currency swings or inflation, according to expert.

October 29, 2013

Czech Republic Faces Political Stalemate

The Czech elections did not bring clear power relationships. The social democrats have to form a government, though.

October 28, 2013

Czech Republic: Social Democrats Ahead

Although the Czech Social Democrats (CSSD) rank first, the party is below expectations.

October 26, 2013

Czech Elections 2013: Tension Is Running High

Today, the Czech Republic holds new parliamentary elections. The Czech political landscape is expected to change fundamentally.

October 26, 2013

Czech Republic: Social Democrats to Win

Tomorrow, the Czech Republic will hold early elections. All polls are indicating a clear change in power. Bohuslav Sobotka is expected to become the next head of government.

October 25, 2013

Czech Republic: Overall Confidence Grows

According to the Czech statistial office, the increase in confidence in the Czech economy continues.

October 24, 2013

Czech Republic: Four Banks too Big to Fail

CNB has determined four domestic banks that could potentially endanger the country’s financial system in case of bankruptcy, as reported by daily “Hospodarske noviny” (HN).

October 24, 2013

Czech Economic Outlook Improves Slightly

Next year, the Czech economy will expand for the first time since 2011, economists say.

October 23, 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

Public Debt: CESEE Countries Below EU Average

At the end of the first half of 2013, the EU public debt quota reached 86.8% of GDP. Western Europe´s public debt level is significantly higher than in Eastern Europe.

October 23, 2013

House Searches at Strabag Subsidiary in Croatia

The corruption scandal at the Croatian Chamber of Economy affects public road authority HAC and construction companies that were commissioned, among them Austrian Strabag and Alpine.

October 22, 2013

Amazon to Open Distribution Centers in the Czech Republic

The world’s largest online retailer Amazon plans to create 10,000 jobs in the Czech Republic within the next three years.

October 22, 2013

Prague: Strong Foreign Demand for Real Estate

About a third of the buyers of Prague-based apartments are foreigners. Most buyers are Slovaks or Vietnamese.

October 21, 2013

IMF Warns of Financial Instability in CESEE

Due to the high non-performing loan quota and the deleveraging of Western banks, the countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe are still far from financial stability.

October 18, 2013

„Czech Republic Does Not Fully Use Its Potential“

Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok thinks that the performance of the Czech economy is not dramatically bad. However, the Czech Republic must use its opportunities more effectively.

October 17, 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

Czech Inflation Below Expectations

The Czech inflation rate slowed down to 1.0% in September. In the next months, the country faces a stagnating economy in the best case.

October 9, 2013

FriedlResearch has Published the Q3-2013 Company Report of Erste Group Bank AG

This report contains in depth information and data about Erste Group and its operations and markets. It contains a company overview, business and strategy description, financial ratios, valuation & forecast data, SWOT analysis, plus data on key events.

October 8, 2013

Latest Edition of the SWOT Report of Raiffeisen Bank International has been Published

FriedlResearch has announced the publication of the latest edition of the "Raiffeisen Bank International AG - SWOT Analysis & Company Report". This report contains in depth information and data about RBI and its operations and markets.

October 8, 2013

Czech Republic: Construction Industry Still Contracts

In August 2013 the construction output decreased by 8.1%, year-on-year (y-o-y).

October 8, 2013

Czech Republic: Foreign Trade Surplus Grows

In August 2013, according to preliminary data of ‘cross−border statistics’ at current prices, exports increased by 1.9% while imports stagnated, year-on-year (y−o−y).

October 8, 2013

Czech Industrial Sector Remains Growth Engine

In August 2013, industrial production increased at constant prices by 1.6%, year-on-year.

October 8, 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

Raiffeisen Research: CESEE Deserves Better Credit Ratings

Analysts of Raiffeisen Research think that Austria´s sovereign debt rating is worse than the rating agencies say. The CESEE region, by contrast, is seen too critically, Raiffeisen Research argues.

October 4, 2013

CESEE: Recovery Slow, but Stable

Corporate sentiment improving in major CEE countries as well, as the economic recovery begins to take root. Low point in interest rates has essentially been reached, rises in yields to follow trends in the developed markets, RZB says.

October 4, 2013

VIG to Issue Subordinated Bond

Vienna Insurance Group successfully launched a subordinated bond.

October 2, 2013

Czech Republic: Unemployment Stabilizes

Despite the unfavorable macro-economic frame conditions, the Czech labor market situation is stable. Employment rose by 0.8 percentage points.

October 2, 2013

Czech Republic: GDP to Contract Less Drastically

The year-on-year decrease of the gross domestic product in 2012 has been refined to 0.9% against the up-to-now published 1.2%.

October 1, 2013
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