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Economic Downturn Reaches Austria

A current survey indicates an imminent deterioration of the Austrian economy. Researchers don’t expect a recession but a clear downward trend.

September 9, 2011

Asfinag Pays First Dividend Since 2008

A pending lawsuit might cost the Austrian motorway financing company up to € 37m. Full-year profit is still expected to rise.

September 8, 2011

IMF Puts Pressure on Austria

The IMF shows itself content with the Austrian post-crisis policies. But now, Austria has to reduce new indebtedness.

September 7, 2011

IHS: No Zero Deficit until 2021

The research institute calculated that Austria will not be able to achieve a balanced budget in the next ten years. Felderer calls for reforms of the pension and healthcare systems.

August 24, 2011

Austria Is One of Three Euro Countries with Lowest Default Risk

Only three euro countries were found to have low default risk combined with a positive trend. The euro zone is seen in an “existential crisis”.

August 8, 2011

Fitch Confirms Austria’s Triple-A Rating

The U.S. rating agency confirmed the Republic of Austria’s AAA credit rating. The outlook remains “stable”.

July 25, 2011

Massive Increase in Municipalities’ Foreign Currency Debt

The amount of foreign currency debt has doubled since 2009 and surpassed € 2bn in February 2011. Swiss franc denominated loans accounted for almost 100%.

July 25, 2011

Government Debt Committee Sees No Margin for Tax Cuts

The committee called for debt reduction and warned against a tax reform. The gap between government revenues and spending is increasing.

July 7, 2011

Moody’s Gives Negative Outlook for Carinthia

Austria’s southernmost province received a negative outlook due to an increasing budget deficit, high debt and credit guarantees for Hypo Alpe Adria.

July 1, 2011

Austrian Government Debt Grew to € 210bn

Debt of the federal sector increased by € 6.3bn, while all other sectors registered a decline. Social insurance carriers’ debt fell by 32%.

June 30, 2011

Slight Decline in Company Insolvencies

Private insolvencies are on the rise, while the number of companies filing for bankruptcy is falling moderately.

June 28, 2011

Austrians Support Aid for Greece

The majority of the Austrian population does not want to let Greece down. 55% see the common currency at risk.

June 22, 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

IMF Calls for More Ambitious Budgetary Consolidation

Austria was asked to make higher efforts to reduce its debt. The IMF recommends savings in the pension and health care systems as well as lower state subsidies in next year’s budget.

June 14, 2011

Resistance to Privatization Plans

The SPÖ criticized the plans of its coalition partner ÖVP to reduce public participation in order to abate debt.

May 10, 2011

Surprising Profit at ASFINAG

With an annual result of € 339m for 2010, the Austrian motorway financing company had much better results than expected.

May 6, 2011

Moser Demands Changes in Debt Policy

Josef Moser, President of the Audit Court warns urgent structural reforms of the policy. There is no all-clear; the situation is "ominous".

May 3, 2011

Austria's Deficit in 2011 at 3.9 Percent

Despite the economic recovery, the debt will increase significantly again in 2011. The consolidation will take place from 2013 onwards.

April 29, 2011

New High for Austria´s New Indebtedness

Austria´s budget deficit for 2010 is at 4.6%, which is the highest one in the last 15 years. However, the average of EU-countries is even higher.

April 27, 2011

Kern Leads an Image Campaign for ÖBB

With humorous content, but caused by the serious situation of the Austrian State Railway, CEO Christian Kern intends to promote greater understanding for the Group.

April 26, 2011

Financial Problems in Austrian Municipalities

The revenue of Austrian municipalities should not be fall further in 2011, however, new expenditures will be caused by additional competences.

April 16, 2011

ÖBB Debt Reduction is Further Delayed

The debt of the Federal Railroad increases dramatically through the acquisition of a 25% share in the Brenner Base Tunnel (BBT) project,

April 15, 2011

Kern: "We are Struggling for Survival"

The CEO of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), Christian Kern, paints a dramatic picture of the largest domestic transport company.

April 8, 2011

Austrian Public Deficit up to 4.6%

Public Finance 2010: Public deficit at 4.6%, public debt at 72.3% of GDP

April 1, 2011

Leitl Demands Reduction of Public Debt

The President of the Austrian Economic Chamber sees potential for efficiency in the administration, as well as in the health and pension system

April 1, 2011

Manufacturing Industry Sharply Criticizes the Union

Employees' proposals are not very productive, the Austrian Industrial Association says. There is no shift from wages toward corporate profits.

March 22, 2011

Austria's Public Debt Ratio Increases to over 80%

By including again non-active budget items, which are no longer allowed under EU law, debts of the Republic of Austria increase dramatically.

March 8, 2011

Stagnation in the Austrian Construction Industry

The economic outlook for the construction business continues being less favorable than for the overall economy. Only since 2012 is growth expected again.

March 5, 2011

Brenner Tunnel: ÖBB will not pay

The Austrian Federal Railways will only accept to build the tunnel for € 10bn, if the costs are passed on to the state.

February 22, 2011

Erste Group manages € 1.25bn increase of Slovak Bonds

Strong interest for the Slovak sovereign bonds offering: total orders amounted to € 1.9bn from over 100 investors.

February 19, 2011

Austria's Budget Deficit is Lower than Expected

The preliminary budget outcome for 2010 is 0.6% better than forecast. However, the results of the ÖBB could increase the deficit again.

February 17, 2011

Massive Increase in Public Debt

Austrian public debt could rise dramatically soon by a new calculation involving separate legal entities.

February 10, 2011

Tension between ÖBB and ÖVP

The conflict over the finances of the Austrian State Railway between the ÖBB and the ruling ÖVP goes on.

February 8, 2011

ÖBB CEO Kern Closes In on Politicians

The CEO of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), Christian Kern, reacts angrily to accusations made by politicians.

February 5, 2011

Austria's Budget Deficit is at 4.1%

Although the budget deficit is lower than expected, but the official national debt could increase considerably due to the ÖBB.

February 1, 2011

Up to 150,000 Insolvent People in Austria

According to the Kreditschutzverband (KSV, Credit Protection Association 9,028 people were forced into personal bankruptcy last year. The number of people at risk is many times higher.

January 29, 2011

"Austria Does Not Deserve an AAA Rating"

The chief economist of the American Citigroup, Willem Buiter, also denies Austria, alongside the U.S. and the UK, the right to the AAA rating.

January 29, 2011

voestalpine Intends to Strengthen Equity Capital Base

The Austrian steel company plans to make itself more independent from debt. In spite of growing profits, investments remain low.

January 27, 2011

Budget-saving Measures in Austria are Insufficient

According to the WIFO, budget deficit and public debt are lower than the EU average; central potential savings have been neglected however.

January 26, 2011

Austria's Growth Remains Dependent on Exports

The Austrian GDP will grow in real terms, according to WIFO, at an annual average of 2.2% per year between 2011-2015. The unemployment rate is expected to stagnate.

January 25, 2011

Austria's AAA Credit Rating Confirmed

The U.S. rating agency Moody's confirms the Republic of Austria’s Triple-A rating. The outlook remains "stable".

January 21, 2011

Pröll is Against the Extension of the Euro Shield

The Austrian Finance Minister, Josef Pröll (ÖVP), called for stricter budget discipline and pronounces himself against a more extensive rescue shield

January 20, 2011

WKÖ endorses policy of the European Commission

The Austrian Economic Chamber welcomes the focus of the EU Commission on structural reforms, consolidation of public finances and competitiveness.

January 13, 2011

CEE Economic Growth Forecast: 3.8% in 2011

According to UniCredit, especially Turkey, Poland, Czech Republic and Estonia will bounce back impressively due to stronger industry and domestic demand.

January 13, 2011

Kneissl: "Al Jaber pays"

The Tyrolean ski manufacturer promises once more to pay its debts. The state prosecution is already looking into the matter.

January 5, 2011

Demographic Development: a Future Challenge for Austria

The expected demographic development will increase expenditure in geriatric care in Austria.

January 5, 2011

Increase of Debts Slows Down at Asfinag

According to the Austrian motorway company Asfinag, austerity is slowly starting to show results.

January 3, 2011

State Secretary for Finance: Euro-bonds as a Medium-term Strategy

The Austrian State Secretary for Finance, Andreas Schieder, does not discard Euro-bonds, against the majority view of German and Austrian politicians.

December 31, 2010

Massive Rise of Debt in the Public Sector

Austria's debt is rising dramatically. Not only the state budget, but also the provinces and municipalities are the major contributors to this situation.

December 31, 2010

Nowotny Calls for Consistent Budget Consolidation

The Governor of the OeNB draws balance at the end of the year and gives his outlook on the challenges for 2011

December 30, 2010
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