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Heta Bad Bank Sells Iconic Holiday Inn Sarajevo Hotel

Bad bank Heta sold the Holiday Inn hotel in Sarajevo to tourism group Europe d.d., the company said. The iconic Holiday Inn Sarajevo was home of foreign correspondents during the 1984 Winter Olympics and throughout the siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. The price was not disclosed.

July 20, 2016

New "Open Austria Initiative" Supposed to Open Doors to Silicon Valley

Foreign Ministry and Austrian Economic Chamber open joint office in California to support Austrian companies and pave their way for success in Silicon Valley.

July 14, 2016

Erste Group Expects Q2 Net Profit of about EUR 560 Million

Erste Group expects to post net profit of approx. EUR 560 million in Q2 16, raises guidance for 2016 to ROTE >12% (up from 10-11%).

July 14, 2016

Best Gaming Technology Acquired by Rival Playtech

Vienna-based maker of software for self-service betting terminals Best Gaming Technology (BGT) has been acquired by UK gambling software group Playtech for €138m. Playtech holds the option to purchase the remaining shares for up to €55m from Armin Sageder, the company’s founder and chief executive.

July 14, 2016

Bank Tax: Reduction and One-Off Payment are Positive Signals

Austria's new regulations reducing the bank tax and introducing a one-off payment from banks are "a positive signal,” central bank governor Ewald Nowotny said after the Austrian government reached an agreement on the planned changes.

July 13, 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

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

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