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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.

Mar 15, 2013

Legal action means no April listing for Siemens’ Osram

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German engineer Siemens (SIEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will not be able to spin off its lighting division in April, the earliest date for the planned listing, because of legal action by a handful of investors challenging the move.

Siemens is selling off Osram as part of a restructuring which includes shedding less profitable businesses and seeking 6 billion euros ($7.8 billion) of savings.

Mar 14, 2013

Hugo Boss sees China sales improving this year

METZINGEN, Germany, March 14 (Reuters) – German fashion
house Hugo Boss said it expected to post higher
growth in Asia this year, helped by a rebound on the China
market, which stuttered last year.

Hugo Boss, known for its sharp suits, said its sales in Asia
grew just 4 percent in 2012 at currency-adjusted rates, due to a
difficult situation on the Chinese market.

Mar 8, 2013

Greece set for comeback as tourist destination

BERLIN, March 8 (Reuters) – Tourism in Greece is bouncing
back this year in an otherwise flat European market, held back
by the weak economic climate, travel industry executives said.

The desire for a beach holiday closer to home for
cost-conscious consumers in Europe is helping to revive tourism
demand in the country, battling recession and a debt crisis.

Mar 7, 2013

Europe searches for charms to lure Chinese tourists

BERLIN/MADRID, March 7 (Reuters) – European countries will
need to focus less on beach holidays and more on communist
history, rolling landscapes and even poetic trees if they want
to take advantage of growing numbers of tourists from China.

According to the China Tourism Academy, some 200 million
Chinese could be travelling abroad annually by 2020, up from 82
million in 2012.

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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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