FRANKFURT, Jan 5 (Reuters) – German shoppers were out
in force over Christmas, with strong sales from DIY stores
operator Praktiker and fashion house Gerry Weber
suggesting consumers have not been fazed by the euro
zone debt crisis.
The sales may have been partly the result of discounting,
which has helped to lure cash-strapped shoppers in other
European countries, like Britain.
LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic VA.UL has gatecrashed rival British Airways’ deal to buy Lufthansa AG’s (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) UK unit bmi, agreeing a counterbid it hopes will be more appealing to regulators.
British Airways owner IAG (ICAG.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said in early November it had reached an agreement in principle to buy bmi, lured by its coveted slots at London’s Heathrow airport and seemingly leaving Virgin out in the cold.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The forecast for the world’s airlines is becoming increasingly gloomy, with industry body IATA on Wednesday warning they could face combined losses of over $8 billion next year if Europe fails to bring its debt crisis under control.
Lufthansa (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Europe’s second-largest airline by market value, has already downgraded profit expectations this year, announced plans to freeze some investments and is reducing the number of seats it offers in response to a drop in bookings.
FRANKFURT, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Metro, the
world’s No.4 retailer, issued a profit warning that sent
shockwaves through the sector on Tuesday, saying Christmas
trading had started slowly and the euro zone debt crisis was
undermining consumer confidence.
Shares in the German group, which runs cash and carries,
hypermarkets, electrical goods and department stores, slumped
over 10 percent.
FRANKFURT, Nov 28 (Reuters) – German truckmaker MAN
agreed to sell its Ferrostaal unit in a deal that ends
a year-long dispute, prevents further related losses and removes
the last remaining legal risks for shareholders from a bribery
scandal that rocked the group.
Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company
(IPIC) will sell back its 70 percent stake in Ferrostaal to MAN,
which then will sell the unit in its entirety to the MPC Group
based in Hamburg, the German industrial company said on Monday.
HELSINKI/FRANKFURT, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Struggling
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), the world’s
second-largest maker of mobile phone network equipment, cannot
expect any more cash injections from its two parent companies,
chief executive of the venture said in a letter to employees.
Parents Nokia and Siemens have
provided capital “for the last time” and expect this investment
will provide results, according to a copy of a letter sent from
CEO Rajeev Suri to NSN’s 74,000 employees, which was obtained
FRANKFURT, Nov 23 (Reuters) – British consumer goods
maker Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc was fined 24 million
euros ($32 million) by the German cartel office on Wednesday for
fixing prices on dishwashing and laundry products with German
rival Henkel AG & Co.
The fine was imposed on Reckitt and one of its employees
after it was accused of illegally coordinating dishwasher
detergent prices and exchanging competitive-sensitive
information. The Reckitt employee, who was not named, no longer
works for the company, said a source with knowledge of the
DUESSELDORF/FRANKFURT, Nov 18 (Reuters) – World No.4
retailer Metro has picked its high-flying finance
director to be its next chief executive, signalling it will
stick with a plan to eventually break itself up and defying
calls for it to name a retail specialist.
Olaf Koch, who at 41 is the youngest chief executive of any
of Germany’s 30 biggest listed companies, was not the preferred
candidate of the labour representatives on the supervisory board
and was only appointed thanks to the new chairman’s casting
vote, company sources said on Friday.
FRANKFURT, Nov 9 (Reuters) – German consumer goods group
Henkel is stepping up cost cuts to battle an
expected global slowdown and protect profit margins as it
reported third-quarter profits that slightly missed market
A slowdown at its highly profitable adhesives division and
concerns its 2012 financial targets are too ambitious given
expected difficult economic conditions overshadowed an increased
2011 outlook for sales growth on Wednesday.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German fashion house Hugo Boss AG (BOSG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) sharply raised its earnings outlook for 2015 on Tuesday as it increases its network of stores and eyes strong growth in China.
The group, best known for its men’s suits, said it now expects sales of 3 billion euros (2.5 billion pounds) in 2015 and core earnings of 750 million. That compares with previous targets of 2.5 billion in sales and 500 million in core earnings.