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Apr 29, 2013

Amazon faces strike threat in Germany over pay, conditions

FRANKFURT, April 29 (Reuters) – Global internet retailer
Amazon.com could be facing its first strike in Germany
by warehouse workers seeking better pay and benefits.

Amazon employs around 9,000 people across Germany and has
come under fire from trade union Verdi for refusing to implement
a collective agreement on employment conditions, in keeping with
the country’s other mail order and retail firms.

Apr 22, 2013

Lufthansa grounded by strike at German airports

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Lufthansa (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) was virtually grounded on Monday, Germany’s largest airline cancelling nearly all of its flights because of a second strike in a month over workers’ pay.

Lufthansa scrapped 1,700 flights, leaving only about 30 running, after all-day strike action was announced at Germany’s biggest airports, including Frankfurt, Munich and Hamburg.

Apr 19, 2013

Lufthansa considers legal action over planned strike

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German airline Lufthansa said it is considering legal action after trade union Verdi called on thousands of workers to go on strike on Monday to increase pressure on management in pay negotiations.

Lufthansa said the planned action, which would see workers walk off their jobs for a full day at several airports – including Europe’s third largest at Frankfurt – goes far beyond a regular “warning strike” and would cost the airline tens of millions of euros.

Apr 18, 2013

Puma hires jewellery CEO to turn fortunes around

COPENHAGEN/HAMBURG (Reuters) – Puma (PUMG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) poached a new chief executive from Danish jeweller Pandora, hiring a man with experience on the football field and at long-time rival Adidas (ADSGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) to lead a turnaround of the German sportswear company.

Bjorn Gulden has revived the fortunes of Pandora (PNDORA.CO: Quote, Profile, Research) in the year he has been in charge, more than doubling the share price and pushing sales up 53 percent.

Apr 18, 2013

Jewellery maker Pandora CEO quits to head Germany’s Puma

COPENHAGEN/HAMBURG, April 18 (Reuters) – Puma
poached a new chief executive from Danish jeweller Pandora,
hiring a man with experience on the soccer field and at
long-time rival Adidas to lead a turnaround of the
German sportswear company.

Bjorn Gulden has revived the fortunes of Pandora
in the year he has been in charge, more than doubling the share
price and pushing sales up 53 percent.

Mar 29, 2013

Vienna aims to muscle into growing gay travel market

FRANKFURT/VIENNA, March 29 (Reuters) – Vienna has joined a
growing list of European cities seeking to attract lesbian and
gay tourists who are expected to remain willing to spend on
travel while other recession-hit travellers cut back.

City authorities in Vienna this month released a review of
the Austrian capital’s gay and lesbian tourism strategy,
deciding to focus on travellers interested in music, culture and
history — and with money to spend.

Mar 22, 2013

Chairman of Australia’s Leighton quits in row with Hochtief

SYDNEY/FRANKFURT, March 22 (Reuters) – The chairman of
Australia’s Leighton Holdings Ltd has quit in a row
with majority owner Hochtief AG, saying he felt the
German builder no longer supported his company’s independence.

Two non-executive directors also walked away after what all
three “perceived to be a breakdown in relations with the major
shareholder Hochtief,” Leighton said in a statement on Friday.

Mar 20, 2013

Metro sees profit hit as fights to revive cash and carries

DUESSELDORF, Germany, March 20 (Reuters) – German retailer
Metro predicted operating earnings would fall in the
coming months, hit by weak consumer spending, a lack of major
sporting events and investments aimed at reviving its main cash
and carry business.

Shares in the company, which also runs consumer electronics
stores, hypermarkets and department stores, dropped as much as 3
percent on Wednesday, at times the biggest decline by a European
blue-chip stock.

Mar 20, 2013

Hotel chains piling in to tap sub-Saharan growth

BERLIN/ACCRA, March 20 (Reuters) – New hotels are springing
up across Africa, despite the trials of bureaucratic delay and
poor infrastructure, to take advantage of an increasing number
of tourists and business travellers serving a growing middle
class.

The International Monetary Fund is forecasting economic
growth of around 5.8 percent in sub-Saharan Africa this year,
second only to developing Asia, and the hospitality industry is
keen to tap that growth.

Mar 20, 2013

Metro says weak economy, investments to hit earnings

DUESSELDORF, Germany, March 20 (Reuters) – German retailer
Metro predicted operating earnings would fall in the
coming months, hit by weak consumer spending, a lack of major
sporting events and investments aimed at reviving its main cash
and carry business.

Shares in the company, which also runs consumer electronics
stores, hypermarkets and department stores, fell over 3 percent
in Wednesday morning trade, the biggest decline by a European
blue-chip stock.

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      "Based in Frankfurt, covering German companies in the retail, travel and leisure sectors. In my previous Reuters incarnation in London, I focused on green tech firms, utilities and an array of smallcaps that came my way on the Breaking News team. I started my career as a translator with the Financial Times in London before switching into journalism."
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