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Jun 17, 2015

Bilfinger cuts losses with sale of Power business

FRANKFURT/METZINGEN, Germany, June 17 (Reuters) – German
engineering services firm Bilfinger plans to put its
Power business up for sale, its new chief executive said on
Wednesday, cutting its losses after five group profit warnings
in the past year.

The loss-making unit, which accounts for about a fifth of
Bilfinger’s total output and employs 11,000 people, has failed
to keep pace with upheaval in Germany’s energy sector that has
hit some of its biggest clients, while forays abroad have had
little success.

Jun 12, 2015

BMW sales fall in China for first time in decade

FRANKFURT/MUNICH (Reuters) – Passenger car sales for the core BMW (BMWG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) brand in China fell 5.5 percent in May, their first decline in over a decade in the world’s biggest car market.

Combined with sales of the Mini brand, which rose 17.8 percent, BMW’s China sales fell 4.2 percent, compared with a 0.6 percent increase in April.

Jun 10, 2015

HeidelbergCement chooses shareholder payouts over acquisitions

BERLIN/STUTTGART, June 10 (Reuters) – Germany’s
HeidelbergCement said it would return more cash to
shareholders and be “disciplined” about acquisitions, having
chosen to stay out of a merger between rivals Holcim
and Lafarge that is reshaping the industry.

The company, which has met significant debt reduction and
other financial targets it set in 2009, said on Wednesday it
would focus on raising its dividend, expanding the company,
cutting debt further and possibly buying back shares.

Jun 9, 2015

Merkel urges Germans to put aside fear of big data

BERLIN, June 9 (Reuters) – Germans need to overcome their
traditional fear of the large-scale collection of personal data
by companies and instead embrace its opportunities or risk being
marginalised in the global economy, Chancellor Angela Merkel
said on Tuesday.

In a marked shift in tone by Germany, one of the most vocal
critics of the practices of U.S. web giants such as Google
, Merkel urged the so-called Mittelstand of
family-owned companies in particular not to be left behind.

Jun 9, 2015

RWE talks with Abu Dhabi investor focus on renewables, not stake

BERLIN, June 9 (Reuters) – Talks between RWE and
an unnamed Abu Dhabi investor are focused on joint renewable
energy projects in the Gulf region and are not about the sale of
a stake in the German utility, its chief executive said on
Tuesday.

RWE, under pressure from shareholders to tap new growth
areas, said in March it was in talks with a Gulf-based investor
about several forms of cooperation, adding nothing could be
excluded in terms of outcomes.

Jun 8, 2015

Telefonica Deutschland’s E-Plus takeover faces legal challenge

FRANKFURT, June 8 (Reuters) – German regional wireless
operator Airdata has filed a challenge with the EU General Court
to Telefonica Deutschland’s 8.6 billion euro ($9.6
billion) acquisition of E-Plus.

The takeover completed last year reduced the number of
national mobile carriers in Germany to three from four, leaving
Telefonica Deutschland competing with Deutsche Telekom
and Vodafone.

Jun 5, 2015

Iranian entrepreneurs thirst for foreign funding, expertise

BERLIN (Reuters) – Tohid Tasoujian is a co-founder of online fashion store Taxi Moda and one of a growing breed of Internet entrepreneurs in sanctions-hit Iran.

He set out his stall this week at a conference of more than 80 Iranian start-ups in Berlin, the biggest event of its kind outside Iran, as the country gears up for a possible easing of sanctions imposed because of its nuclear program.

Jun 3, 2015

Siemens signs 8 billion euro power deal with Egypt

BERLIN, June 3 (Reuters) – German industrial company Siemens
signed an 8 billion euro deal ($9 billion) with Egypt
on Wednesday to supply gas and wind power plants to boost the
North African country’s electricity generation by 50 percent.

The deal, signed during an official visit of Egyptian
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Germany, is
Siemens’ single biggest order and gives a much-needed boost to
its gas and power division which is struggling at home.

Jun 1, 2015

German engineering exports to Russia slide in first quarter

FRANKFURT, June 1 (Reuters) – German engineering exports to
Russia fell 28 percent in the first quarter as customers
struggled to finance purchases, engineering industry association
VDMA said on Monday.

Russia fell to 10th position in German engineering exports
from fourth in 2013, before the current standoff began with the
West over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine conflict, the VDMA said
after a trade delegation visit to Russia.

May 28, 2015

Rise of ad blocking threatens German publishers

FRANKFURT, May 28 (Reuters) – With two court victories
against German media companies under its belt in as many months,
ad-blocking start-up Eyeo is an increasing concern for
publishers dependent on online advertising for growth.

Cologne-based Eyeo’s Adblock Plus leads the fast-growing
market for software to block Internet advertising that many
users find intrusive or spoils their experience of websites.

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      "Currently based in London, with particular responsibility for professional publishers and the European activities of global technology, media and telecoms firms. Previously European technology correspondent based in Frankfurt. Began career in local radio in Glasgow and then worked in TV news for many years for Reuters, the BBC and Sky News in London and Moscow."
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