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Sep 10, 2012

Airbus CEO warns A380 sales target tough to reach

BERLIN, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Airbus’s chief
executive said a sales target for the European planemaker’s A380
superjumbo will be tough to reach after wing cracks put off
prospective customers.

“We have a target of 30 aircraft but we probably will have
some difficulty reaching it,” Fabrice Bregier told journalists
late on Monday, a day before the ILA Berlin Air Show opens.

Sep 9, 2012

Berlin air show to give glimpse of delayed airport

BERLIN, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The ILA Berlin Air Show this
week will bring some long-awaited action to the city’s new
airport, a source of embarrassment to Germany’s capital
following multiple delays to its opening.

A spotless new runway, so far unused for commercial flights,
will finally feel the burn of rubber as flying displays show off
aircraft including the Eurofighter jet and Eurocopter’s new
high-speed helicopter X3.

Aug 2, 2012

Global manufacturers feel squeeze from China slowdown

FRANKFURT/TOKYO (Reuters) – Investors hoping the corporate earnings season would signal a turning point in China’s economic slowdown have been largely disappointed, with big manufacturers joining consumer companies to warn of flagging sales in the world’s No.2 economy.

Whilst the latest quarterly results deluge has delivered some positive surprises – with U.S. industrial companies mostly reporting a better-than-expected performance at home – the motor of global growth in recent years continues to stutter.

Aug 2, 2012

Lufthansa curbs growth again as big fuel bill looms

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Deutsche Lufthansa (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) pulled back further from plans to lift capacity and expand its passenger fleet to safeguard profits threatened by soaring fuel prices.

The German carrier said on Thursday it would offer only 0.5 percent more seats this year instead of 1 percent, having already shrunk its growth plans several times in recent months.

Jul 10, 2012

German transport firms turn offshore headache into profits

BRANDE, Denmark/BREMERHAVEN, Germany, July 10 (Reuters) -
A ndreas Wellbrock is proud of his pontoon.

The floating vessel transports gigantic tripods -
reminiscent of rusty space rockets – through the harbour of
Bremerhaven, a German port city located on the North Sea.

Jun 26, 2012

Margin-hunting airlines may shed catering units

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A plastic tray, a hard bread roll and cellophane-wrapped cutlery: airline food can be a joyless culinary experience for economy class flyers, and some carriers may now be about to shed their catering units to focus on the hunt for higher margins.

Steady cashflow produced by the catering operations is likely to attract buyers should the sales go ahead, and airlines may also hope that the food suppliers will produce inflight meals more cheaply if they are in independent hands.

Jun 16, 2012

Germany’s Biotest first drugmaker to exit Greece

FRANKFURT/ATHENS (Reuters) – German pharmaceutical firm Biotest said it would stop shipments to Greece in July, becoming the first drugmaker to announce it would quit the debt-mired country’s market because its bills had not been paid.

Though a relatively small player in Greece, the company’s exit sets an unwelcome precedent for a country whose healthcare system is crumbling under the weight of economic crisis and administrative deadlock.

Jun 14, 2012

Centrotherm left in the cold by finance problems

FRANKFURT, June 14 (Reuters) – The crisis surrounding the
German solar power industry deepened on Thursday with equipment
maker Centrotherm saying it could no longer use
existing credit lines and was talking to its banks, a day after
smaller peer SolarWatt filed for insolvency.

Shares in Centrotherm, the world’s second-biggest maker of
production equipment for solar panels and photovoltaic cells,
fell as much as 40 percent to an all-time low of 3.08 euros per
share, a far cry from the record high of 69.68 euros per share
reached in November 2007.

Jun 4, 2012

Springer JV buys control of Polish website from TVN

FRANKFURT/WARSAW, June 4 (Reuters) – German publisher Axel
Springer and Swistzerland’s Ringier agreed on Monday
to pay $267 million to buy 75 percent of Poland’s top Internet
portal from Polish broadcaster TVN to boost
their position in eastern Europe.

For heavily indebted TVN, one of Poland’s top two private
broadcasters, the sale will bring the media group back to its
roots after it agreed to forego control of its pay-television
unit to Vivendi’s Canal+.

May 3, 2012

Betfair wins German online licence

LONDON/FRANKFURT, May 3 (Reuters) – The first licences to
offer online gambling in Germany have been awarded, with British
online betting firm Betfair benefiting from the state
of Schleswig Holstein’s liberalised gambling rules.

The northern state, whose centre-right coalition government
voted in favour of relaxing its gambling laws in September, said
on Thursday that it had awarded three licences valid to 2018 -
one to Betfair for sports betting, one to Germany’s Jaxx AG
and one to the state lottery.