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Sep 10, 2012

Airbus CEO warns A380 sales target tough to reach

BERLIN, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Airbus’s chief
executive said a sales target for the European planemaker’s A380
superjumbo will be tough to reach after wing cracks put off
prospective customers.

“We have a target of 30 aircraft but we probably will have
some difficulty reaching it,” Fabrice Bregier told journalists
late on Monday, a day before the ILA Berlin Air Show opens.

Sep 9, 2012

Berlin air show to give glimpse of delayed airport

BERLIN, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The ILA Berlin Air Show this
week will bring some long-awaited action to the city’s new
airport, a source of embarrassment to Germany’s capital
following multiple delays to its opening.

A spotless new runway, so far unused for commercial flights,
will finally feel the burn of rubber as flying displays show off
aircraft including the Eurofighter jet and Eurocopter’s new
high-speed helicopter X3.

Sep 7, 2012

Lufthansa ends labor strikes, agrees on arbitration

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Lufthansa (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) has ended a run of strikes which had led to the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights after conceding to a key demand by organised labor, with both sides agreeing to seek arbitration next week.

“We hope that this step will help UFO to join us in constructive talks to come up with a competitive pay structure for cabin crew,” Lufthansa Chief Executive Christoph Franz said in a statement.

Sep 7, 2012

Lufthansa makes concession in cabin crew pay row

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Lufthansa on Friday offered permanent contracts to some temporary cabin crew in an attempt to end a run of strikes which has caused the cancellation of over 1,000 flights and cost the German airline over 10 million euros.

“We hope that this step will help UFO to join us in constructive talks to come up with a competitive pay structure for cabin crew,” Lufthansa Chief Executive Christoph Franz said in a statement.

Sep 7, 2012

Lufthansa, cabin crew to resume talks over strikes

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The union representing striking cabin crew at Lufthansa (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it would resume talks on Friday afternoon with the airline in a bitter row over pay and conditions that led to a 24-hour strike on Friday, the biggest stoppage to date.

Speaking to protesters through a megaphone at Frankfurt’s Terminal 1, UFO head Nicoley Baublies said he had telephoned Lufthansa to try to end what he described as “trench warfare”.

Aug 14, 2012

TUI AG says business on track after good summer

FRANKFURT, Aug 14 (Reuters) – German travel and tourism
group TUI AG said it expects a good financial
performance this year after strong summer trading helped it beat
analyst forecasts for its third-quarter results.

“Trading for the peak summer season is encouraging and
together with positive forex effects, we are confident for the
fourth-quarter performance,” Chief Financial Officer Horst Baier
told analysts on Tuesday.

Aug 2, 2012

Adidas outruns rivals in tough markets

FRANKFURT, Aug 2 (Reuters) – World No.2 sporting goods maker
Adidas said that a summer of sport was boosting
demand for its three-stripe products, helping it stay a step
ahead of rivals and avoid the worst of a slowdown in sales
growth in China and Europe.

“If the world collapses it might hit us as well, but I do
believe, without sounding too confident, that we are much better
than our competitors,” Chief Executive Herbert Hainer said on
Thursday, after forecasting 2012 earnings towards the top of its
target range.

Aug 2, 2012

Adidas fans fears of slowdown after Olympics boost

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – World No.2 sporting goods maker Adidas reported a slowdown in sales growth in China and Europe, fuelling fears that demand could fade after a summer of sporting events it expects will boost 2012 earnings towards the top of its target range.

Adidas (ADSGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), famed for its three stripe logo, also said on Thursday second-quarter sales at its Reebok brand slumped 26 percent after “commercial irregularities” at its Indian arm and the loss of a major American football contract.

Jul 31, 2012

Hugo Boss eyes 2012 profit miss as Asia slows

FRANKFURT, July 31 (Reuters) – German fashion house Hugo
Boss said full-year profit would fall short of
analysts’ expectations amid cooling demand from once
fast-growing Asian markets.

Asia’s hunger for high-end brands has shielded luxury
companies from the worst of the European slowdown, but with
China on track for its slowest full year of growth since 1999,
there are concerns over luxury sales.

Jul 26, 2012

Puma cuts sponsorships, products to battle Europe blues

FRANKFURT, July 26 (Reuters) – German sportswear maker Puma
will reduce the number of products it sells and cut
back on sponsorship deals in its biggest reorganisation in 20
years as it battles weak European markets it fears will get no
better anytime soon.

Puma, a distant third in terms of sportswear sales behind
Nike and Adidas, has been struggling to find
its feet after focusing too heavily on fickle fashion markets,
and last week warned 2012 profits would miss forecasts after its
core European customers held back on spending.

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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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