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Sep 27, 2011

Retailers eye Africa as ‘final frontier’ for growth

BERLIN, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Africa is starting to appear on
the radar screens of western retailers as they look for the next
growth opportunity in emerging markets while having to cope with
subdued consumer spending at home.

Consultants Deloitte and Planet Retail on Tuesday identified
five African countries — Algeria, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and
South Africa — as being among the 10 new markets most likely to
appeal to multinational store groups in the coming years.

Sep 26, 2011

Retailers warn euro crisis hitting consumers

BERLIN, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The euro zone debt crisis is
sapping consumer confidence and if policymakers do not take
effective action soon the consequences will be felt the world
over, retail executives warned on Monday.

A survey of 100 retailers with annual turnover of more than
$1 billion, published on the first day of the World Retail
Congress in Berlin, showed western European store groups more
pessimistic about domestic consumer confidence than those in any
other part of the world, except Australia.

Sep 26, 2011

Emirates Airline says no drop in demand yet

HAMBURG (Reuters) – State-owned carrier Emirates Airline EMIRA.UL is not yet seeing a downturn in business and bookings for the next few months are at high levels, even as other airlines warn stuttering economies are affecting sales.

“As yet, fingers crossed, we have not seen any diminution of demand,” President Tim Clark told Reuters in an interview at Hamburg airport.

Sep 21, 2011

German airlines cut capacity as customers hesitate

FRANKFURT, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Germany’s two largest
airlines said on Wednesday they were cutting capacity and fleets
to salvage profits, as economic turbulence hits bookings numbers
and prompts customers to put off booking flights until the last
minute.

Air Berlin said it hoped to pass on planes it no
longer needed to Asian rivals, while German flagship airline
Lufthansa , which on Tuesday shocked investors with a
profit warning, said it would now only increase capacity over
the winter by 4 percent.

Sep 20, 2011

Lufthansa cuts 2011 outlook after weak August

FRANKFURT, Sept 20 (Reuters) – German airline Lufthansa
no longer expects to improve on last year’s operating
profit as economic uncertainties stack up and after its
passenger airlines unit had a weaker than expected August.

“As viewed currently, the target of a further increase on
the previous year’s figure no longer appears to be achievable,”
the company said in a brief statement on Tuesday.

Sep 14, 2011

Lufthansa exec says premium demand holding up

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) – Lufthansa (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is still seeing stable demand for seats in the premium sections of its planes despite turbulence in financial markets, an executive at Germany’s largest airline said on Wednesday.

“We are still seeing that we can sell most of the additional premium capacity we introduced to the market in the summer,” Jens Bischof, sales chief of Lufthansa’s passenger business told Reuters on the sidelines of a travel conference in Cologne.

Sep 13, 2011

Tour firms juggle luxury, packages in profit battle

COLOGNE, Germany, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Travel groups are
juggling exclusive, luxury products and package deals to ensure
they attract customers and maintain returns in the face of
online competition and consumer cutbacks, a travel and tourism
conference heard.

“No business model is immune to shocks and our industry is
more susceptible,” Horst Baier, chief financial officer of
German tourism and shipping group TUI AG (TUIGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), told the
conference on Tuesday.

Aug 25, 2011

How can Air Berlin achieve a soft landing?

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Shares in Air Berlin (AB1.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) jumped last week after founder and CEO Joachim Hunold said he was stepping down, prompting optimism that a fresh pair of hands will be able to lead the loss-making company through a restructuring.

“I have the intention of changing things,” designated interim Chief Executive Hartmut Mehdorn told Reuters last week. “I want to pull all the strings together.”

Aug 11, 2011

TUI growth stalls as tourists avoid North Africa

FRANKFURT, Aug 11 (Reuters) – German tourism and shipping
group TUI AG (TUIGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) abandoned its forecast for higher 2011
profit, as uprisings in North Africa put tourists off and in the
face of a tough shipping environment.

TUI, which owns Europe’s largest tour operator TUI Travel
, reported an 11 percent fall in third-quarter underlying
earnings and said profit for the year to September will be flat.

Aug 10, 2011

Price hikes boost profits at Persil-maker Henkel

FRANKFURT, Aug 10 (Reuters) – German consumer goods group
Henkel (HNKG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said further price rises were on the way for
its products as it and rivals battle increasing raw material
costs.

An improved sales outlook and an 8 percent rise in core
quarterly profit also boosted its shares on Wednesday.

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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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