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Western Balkans Countries Discussed Investment, Jobs and Integration in Vienna

The World Bank and the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) held a high-level policy dialogue on ‘Investment, Jobs and Integration’ last week. Ministers and senior officials from the Western Balkans region as well as policy experts from international organisations and the business community gathered to discuss the challenges the region is currently facing, in particular the high unemployment rate, low international competitiveness, and lack of modern infrastructure.

July 8, 2016

Vienna Insurance Group Buys AXA Subsidiaries in Serbia

Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) is acquiring AXA’s life and non-life companies in Serbia. The purchase will increase VIG’s market share in Serbia to around 11.5 percent.

July 7, 2016

Austrian Post's Turkish Subsidiary in Conflict with Majority Owner

Post AG is involved in a buyback conflict regarding the Turkish subsidiary. Post took over a 25-percent stake in Turkish parcel delivery service Aras Kargo in 2013; it had been granted an option to buy another 50 percent of the shares. The company has been negotiating to use the option for a year now, but has been unable to reach a compromise.

July 5, 2016

Austrian Post Takes Over 30% of Advanced Commerce Labs

Austrian listed postal group Post AG is taking over 30 percent of Styrian firm ACL (Advanced Commerce Labs) which is specialised in e-commerce and online trade, Kleine Zeitung writes in its Saturday issue. The former sole owner was EOSS Industries, a Graz-based investment firm. The price has not been disclosed. ACL employs about 100 people. The transaction volume in e-commerce amounts to about EUR 150 million (USD 167 million) per year. ACL’s revenue reached EUR 6 million in 2015.

July 4, 2016

Brexit and Its Consequences for Austria

Like any other economy within the euro area, Austria will also be confronted with challenges following the Brexit vote, according to the latest analysis by RBI Research analysts. However, the economic momentum should not experience any noticeable weakening, even though one should expect considerable declines in exports to the United Kingdom.

July 1, 2016

RBI Closes Sale of Raiffeisen Banka in Slovenia

Following the completion of all regulatory requirements, Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) formally closed the sale of its Slovenian bank, Raiffeisen Banka d.d. The sales price will be kept confidential.

July 1, 2016

ÖAMTC Rules VW Customers Have No Grounds to Sue

Following an inspection of an Audi A4 and VW Golf after software modifications in the wake of the VW emissions scandal, Austrian automobile club ÖAMTC determined that buyers of the cars had incurred no loss and hence suing the car maker would be pointless. In the USA VW has agreed to pay $14.7 billion to regulators and a half million American diesel car owners to settle its emissions-rigging scandal. This points out that U.S. laws are stricter in this respect than Austrian laws.

June 28, 2016

Moody’s Downgrades Long-Term Credit Rating of Austria

Moody’s has downgraded the long-term credit rating of Austria, from "Aaa” to Aa1. In January 2012 rating agency Standard & Poors had reduced Austria’s rating from AAA to AA+, whereas in February 2015, Fitch did the same.

June 27, 2016

Stock Markets Including Vienna Stocks Nosedive on Brexit Vote

The Vienna stocks are plummeting on Friday, in line with historic losses on other European and international markets, after the Brits voted to leave the EU in Thursday's referendum.

June 24, 2016

Closing of Visa Takeover Brings EUR 97 Million Pre-Tax Profit to RBI

The expected pretax profit from the cash payment of the transaction will be EUR 97 million. It should be booked under net income from financial investments in the second quarter of 2016. Visa Inc. had announced the takeover of Visa Europe Ltd. in November of 2015. The cash payment of this one-off effect will be split between Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, the RBI head office, Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Zuno.

June 21, 2016