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Dec 23, 2013

SUVs a bright spot in Russia as drivers seek winter wheels

MOSCOW, Dec 23 (Reuters) – All-purpose sport-utility
vehicles, offering prestige as well as protection from snow and
bad roads, are proving to be the bright spot in an otherwise
ailing Russian autos market, where overall car sales are down
around 6 percent so far this year.

“I cannot get enough XC60 at this moment,” said John Stech,
president and CEO of Volvo Cars in Russia, referring to the
Swedish firm’s luxury compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) which
retails in Russia from 1.5 million roubles ($45,600). Volvo is
owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely.

Dec 23, 2013

Russia’s red-hot car market stalls

MOSCOW, Dec 23 (Reuters) – A year of disappointing auto
sales in Russia has dealers and carmakers worried that a
once-red hot market that was set to become Europe’s largest may
have slipped out of gear.

Stuttering economic growth, unhelpful demographic trends and
a coming increase in car capacity could dampen one of the few
bright spots in a global market that is under pressure.

Dec 17, 2013

Nissan targets Russia’s first-time car buyers with resurrected Datsun

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Japan’s Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is to unveil its resurrected Datsun brand in Russia in April, seeking to lure young first-time buyers away from the used car market to its sub-400,000 rouble ($12,100) model.

Nissan retired the Datsun brand in 1981 but announced last year that it would relaunch the small car in emerging markets, targeting Indonesia, India, Russia and South Africa.

Dec 12, 2013

Russian stocks to rise 6 percent in 2014, dividends lure

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian shares are expected to rise 6 percent in 2014, recouping only some of this year’s losses, as investors are lured by an attractive dividend yield and equity market valuation, a Reuters poll found.

Russia’s emergence as an equity value play follows a lackluster year. Investors, spooked by a slowing economy, shoddy treatment of minority shareholders and a Kremlin crackdown on political opposition, fled the country.

Dec 5, 2013

Russia’s VTB reports income drop on FX losses

MOSCOW, Dec 5 (Reuters) – VTB, Russia’s
second-biggest bank, missed analyst forecasts with a sharp fall
in third-quarter profits because of currency losses, but held
off from revising its full-year forecast as some had
anticipated.

VTB previously forecast it would make a net profit of more
than 100 billion roubles ($3 billion) – the same forecast it
made but did not meet in 2012 and 2011.

Nov 28, 2013

Russia launches criminal case against ex-defence minister

MOSCOW, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Russia has opened a criminal
investigation into former Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov for
ordering troops to build a road to a luxury resort which was
later visited by President Vladimir Putin.

Serdyukov was dismissed a year ago over suspected fraud at
the Defence Ministry but has not faced charges before. Finally
pressing charges now could be intended to appease opponents who
say Putin is not serious about tackling corruption, a
centuries-old problem in Russia which discourages foreign
investment.

Nov 20, 2013

Metro eyes Russian unit IPO by second quarter of 2014

DUESSELDORF/MOSCOW, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Germany’s Metro AG
, aims to list up to a quarter of its Cash & Carry
Russia business in London by the second quarter of 2014, three
sources familiar with the deal said.

The initial public offering (IPO) is likely to value the
unit of Europe’s fourth-biggest retailer at 4 billion euros
($5.4 billion) or more, one of the sources said.

Nov 19, 2013

Exclusive: Germany’s Metro considers listing minority stake in Russian unit

MOSCOW/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) – Europe’s fourth-biggest retailer Metro AG (MEOG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is considering a stock market listing of a minority stake in its Russian unit to help fund its expansion, the company said on Tuesday, confirming an earlier Reuters story.

Metro, which has been restructuring its portfolio to cut debt and focus on core businesses, said it wanted to maintain long-term control, a spokesman said in a written statement, stressing no formal decisions had been made on the issue.

Nov 19, 2013

Russia’s Bashneft selects banks for London listing

MOSCOW, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Russian oil firm Bashneft
has selected banks to work on a planned secondary
listing in London that could take place as early as 2014, three
financial sources said on Tuesday.

Morgan Stanley, Barclays and Sberbank
are to work on the planned offering by the oil
production and refining group, controlled by Russian billionaire
Vladimir Evtushenkov through his oil-to-telecoms conglomerate
Sistema .

Nov 19, 2013

Germany’s Metro considers listing minority stake in Russian unit

MOSCOW/DUESSELDORF, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Europe’s
fourth-biggest retailer Metro AG is considering a
stock market listing of a minority stake in its Russian unit to
help fund its expansion, the company said on Tuesday, confirming
an earlier Reuters story.

Metro, which has been restructuring its portfolio to cut
debt and focus on core businesses, said it wanted to maintain
long-term control, a spokesman said in a written statement,
stressing no formal decisions had been made on the issue.