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Germany

German Rail Cartel: Increasing Pressure on voestalpine

The German Federal Cartel Office made new inspections at a local subsidiary of the Austrian steel company. According to press reports, price fixing on the German rail market continued until 2011.

July 20, 2011

update software AG Returns to Profitability

The Austrian software company, which is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, is on its way back to black figures. Sales went up 29.2% in the second quarter, EBIT improved to positive earnings of € 0.2m.

July 20, 2011

Strabag Becomes Sole Shareholder of German Möbius

The Austrian construction company further expands its position in the German hydraulic engineering sector. A majority stake in Möbius had been acquired in 2007 already.

July 14, 2011

German LBBW Starts Sale of Property Portfolio – conwert Interested

An acquisition of the real estate portfolio is not affordable for the Austrian group. However, it might enter a partnership and take over the asset management.

July 13, 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

Economic Report 2011: Government Surprised by Quick Recovery

Experts praise Austria’s relatively stable performance during the years of crisis and call for reforms necessary for ensuring the country’s competitiveness.

July 8, 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

EVN Concludes Acquisition of Stake in Inn Power Plants

The Austrian electricity company purchased a 13% stake in Verbund’s hydroelectric power plants on the Inn river.

July 5, 2011

voestalpine is the Leniency Applicant in the German Rail Cartel

The Austrian steel company applied for leniency in the case of anti-competitive practices in the German rail tracks market. The group expects to be exempted from any fines.

July 1, 2011

Wienerberger Received Green Light for Tondach Acquisition

The Austrian brick producer will transfer 50% of the shares in Bramac to Monier Group and, in exchange, receive a further 25% stake in Tondach Gleinstätten plus an additional payment.

June 30, 2011

Pfanner with Record Investment

The Austrian fruit juice and ice tea producer will make the largest investment in its history. A 5% increase in revenue is planned this year.

June 29, 2011

ACP Says No to IPO

The Viennese IT service provider has ruled out an IPO for the next two to three years as the market environment is “not suitable for medium-sized companies”.

June 27, 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

Austrian Labor Market Relatively Stable during Crisis

A recent study shows: The labor market has weathered the economic crisis. Politicians and companies have taken the right decisions.

June 24, 2011

Bronze Medal for Austria’s Economy

According to a study by Allianz, Germany is the euro zone country with the healthiest economy. Luxembourg comes on the second rank followed by Austria.

June 21, 2011

conwert Interested in Billion-Euro Deal with LBBW

The Austrian real estate company is looking for partners to purchase the residential property portfolio of the German bank. Industry experts see a realistic chance for an acquisition.

June 20, 2011

CA Immo: Uniform Brand Appearance also in Germany

In the future, the Austrian real estate group’s German subsidiary Vivico Real Estate GmbH will operate under the brand "CA Immo".

June 20, 2011

Bilfinger Berger to Acquire Subsidiary of AE&E

The Czech subsidiary of the insolvent plant manufacturer will become part of the German construction group Bilfinger Berger.

June 20, 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

Nuclear Power Phase-Out Will Cost Austria € 600m

According to calculations by E-Control, Germany’s decision to close down its nuclear power plants will affect the Austrian economy.

June 9, 2011

Charges against Former Board Members of BayernLB

Accusations relating to the acquisition of the Austrian Hypo Group: breach of duty, embezzlement of bank funds.

June 3, 2011

CA Immo Starts Work on Shopping Center in Frankfurt

The Austrian real estate group and its joint venture partner invest € 360m into the project. The opening will take place in fall 2013.

June 1, 2011

Wienerberger Acquires EuroCeramic

A subsidiary of the Austrian brick producer plans the takeover of Dutch-German EuroCeramic, a supplier of ceramic pipe systems.

May 25, 2011

Growing Sales at Wiesner-Hager Furniture

Wiesner-Hager, the Austrian office furniture specialists succeeded in completing the business year 2010/11 with growths both in sales and profits.

May 14, 2011

Declining Sales at UBM

The Austrian real estate company hat do report a decline in sales of 15%. However, profits rose slightly.

May 13, 2011

New Inspections at voestalpine Subsidiary

The German Federal Cartel Office today made new inspections at a local subsidiary of the Austrian steel company.

May 12, 2011

Good Prospects for BDI

The manufacturer of biodiesel could realize rising profits in Q1/2011. However, sales were declining.

May 12, 2011

German IVG is also Active in Austria Now

IVG Immobilien AG (IVG), the largest German real estate fund company, acquired the Austrian Hypo Real Invest in January 2011, changing its name to IVG Austria AG, with headquarters in Vienna.

May 12, 2011

Inspections at German Subsidiary of voestalpine AG

Inspections by German Federal Cartel office at voestalpine Klöckner Bahntechnik GmbH.

May 11, 2011

Siemens Manufactures Parts for a New Train Generation in Graz

Siemens manufactures components for 130 new trains for the Deutsche Bahn (DB-German Railways) until 2030 in Graz. The contract is worth € 6.0bn.

May 11, 2011

Bosch Group Continues Growing in Austria

Bosch has had a good start in Austria in its anniversary year 2011 and continues having favorable growth prospects. Sales rose by 9%.

May 11, 2011

Profit Decline for C-Quadrat

Strong increase in management fees from € 7.6 m to € 11.5 m (+52 %). Net profit amounts to € 1.0 m.

May 9, 2011

Infineon Makes an Investment for € 200m in Austria

The German technology group has announced that it intends to create 400 new jobs in Austria. The semiconductor production is to be expanded.

May 7, 2011

BDI Receives Major Order in Germany

Enbasys GmbH, a subsidiary of BDI-BioEnergy International AG receives a million-dollar contract with the biogas facility for the German SARIA-Rethmann Group.

May 6, 2011

Austrian Airlines Cannot Achieve Turnaround

The Austrian Airlines, which is in a restructuring process, is still deep in the red. In the first quarter of 2011, operating losses amounted to € 63.5m.

May 5, 2011

Austria's Current Account: Net Income 2.7% of the GDP

Austria's current account achieved a surplus of € 7.8bn or 2.7% of the GDP in 2010. The domestic economy was thereby able to prove its high competitiveness.

May 5, 2011

Austrian Tourism: Small Decrease in Overnights

Current tourism winter season 2010/11: Overnights decreased slightly by 0.9% - rise in overnights in March by 2.7%.

April 29, 2011

Revenue Growth by 30% for Quanmax

In the first quarter 2011, the Austrian IT company Quanmax could improve its results significantly.

April 28, 2011

Austria´s Economy Performed Better than EU-average During Crisis

The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) has just published a study, which quantifies trade-related transmission mechanisms of the global drop in investment demand and output to recession in Austria.

April 28, 2011

Sales Increase for Plaut

Plaut Aktiengesellschaft, which is listed on the General Standard segment of Frankfurt Stock Exchange announces a significant growth in sales as well as profits.

April 28, 2011

Windtner Pleads for expansion of Electricity Grids

The CEO of Energie AG considers that an energy revolution is about to happen in an interview with the newspaper "Kurier". The relevance of electric vehicles is expected to grow slowly but steadily.

April 26, 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

Eastern Europe as Growing Market for Austrian Wine Exports

Around 80% of the Austrian wine exports are going to Germany. However, growth rates in Russia and Poland are surprisingly high.

April 23, 2011

It is Official: T-Mobile and Orange Launch Network Cooperation

The German and French telecom companies expect to save € 60m. The network coverage is to increase by 10%.

April 22, 2011

Overnight Stays Record for Vienna in March: +3.3%

This year, Vienna recorded its so far highest March concerning overnight stays: 867,000 overnight stays, an increase of 3.3% over March 2010.

April 21, 2011

Record Results for Arcotel Hotel

ARCOTEL Hotel AG ends the financial year 2010 with extremely positive results. Sole director Manfred Mayer intends to continue expanding in future.

April 20, 2011

OMV: German Refinery to be Converted

Because of the failures of Libyan oil imports, the OMV refinery at Burghausen is converted to alternative crudes.

April 19, 2011

Losses for update software AG

The Austrian software company, which is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, records declining sales as well as operating losses.

April 19, 2011

Cooperation between T-Mobile and Orange

A joint radio network is established by the German and the French telecommunications groups in Austria.

April 16, 2011

Strabag Expands its Activities in Hydraulic Engineering Sector

The Austrian construction company acquires 100 % of the German civil hydraulic engineering firm Ludwig Voss, Cuxhaven.

April 14, 2011
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