STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – The Norwegian and Swedish crowns will gain against the euro over the coming year on stronger economic fundamentals but will ease against the dollar, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday.
Both Nordic countries have outpaced the euro zone in recent years, though slowing growth through much of 2013 has driven the Norwegian and Swedish crowns lower against the single currency.
REYKJAVIK/STOCKHOLM, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Iceland’s government
feels it can shun international investors while enjoying
economic growth – witness its dismissive response to a $5
billion lawsuit over Icesave debts and a tough stance on paying
The centre-right administration, elected last year, has
turned its back on talks to join the European Union, largely
opting to go it alone in rebuilding an economy shattered by a
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Iceland’s prime minister has dismissed the chances of British and Dutch savers receiving much from a new $4.85 billion lawsuit seeking compensation from money lost in Icesave funds during the island’s economic crisis in 2008.
But Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson said he was optimistic about a wider solution to a standoff between creditors of Iceland’s failed banks and the government over an estimated $3.4 billion worth of assets.
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Copenhagen Zoo’s scientific director and other staff have received death threats after a healthy giraffe was killed to avoid inbreeding among the long-necked beasts there, the zoo said on Monday.
But director Bengt Holst said it was the right decision and he would be ready to do the same with another animal if needed.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Power company Vattenfall VATN.UL dismissed speculation that it was in talks to sell its struggling European assets after huge writedowns pushed it into a full year loss and stopped it paying a dividend to its owner, the Swedish state, for the first time.
Scandinavia’s biggest utility is retrenching after betting roughly 22 billion euros ($30 billion) on a 15-year expansion drive in nuclear, coal and gas power generation only to be hit by the economic downturn and a German renewable energy drive.
STOCKHOLM, Jan 30 (Reuters) – A completion of large projects
in the United States weighed on Ericsson’s earnings
in the fourth quarter, but the world’s biggest maker of mobile
networks said demand was picking up in Europe and China.
Ericsson shares rose 3 percent as the company reported
improving underlying profitability and looked ahead to strong
investment this year in 4G LTE networks that can cope with
increasing data traffic from smartphones and tablets.
STOCKHOLM, Jan 28 (Reuters) – World No. 1 furniture maker
IKEA Group said it saw signs that consumer spending was starting
to recover in many of its markets and posted record full year
profits on Tuesday.
Retailers have been struggling particularly in Europe, where
IKEA generates nearly 70 percent of its sales, as the global
economic downturn and austerity measures, mostly in euro zone
countries, hurts consumer sentiment and spending power.
STOCKHOLM, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co
will pay Ericsson $650 million along
with years of royalties to end a technology licence spat, the
Swedish company said on Monday.
The world’s No. 1 mobile network equipment maker sued
Samsung in 2012 on the grounds that the Korean firm had
infringed patents involving technology for clearer voice
transmission, touchscreen functions and network efficiency.
STOCKHOLM, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Shares in Swedish aerospace
firm Saab leapt by a quarter on Thursday after it
beat U.S. and French rivals to win a $4.5 billion fighter deal
with Brazil, strengthening its hand in competing for export
orders for years to come.
Brazil’s choice of Saab’s Gripen single engine jet over
Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet and Dassault Aviation’s
Rafale showed the Nordic group could beat global
aviation heavyweights, securing development of an aircraft that
has been surrounded by doubts.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A year out of bankruptcy and with just two cars a day rolling off its production line, Saab is betting on an as yet unbuilt electric version of a decade old car to bring the iconic Swedish marque back from the dead.
Saab’s new owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), is targeting its home market of China, where the government is promoting clean automotive technology with up to 100 billion yuan ($16 billion) in vehicle subsidies, R&D and infrastructure spending, according to research firm Frost & Sullivan.