FRANKFURT/BERLIN, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Germany’s United
Internet raised its forecast for 2015 customer growth,
saying it now expected more mobile Internet subscribers after
investing heavily in customer acquisition.
The Internet service provider said on Wednesday it expected
fee-based customer contracts to grow by 880,000 instead of
800,000, after a 430,000 increase to 15.2 million in the first
half. It stuck to its sales and earnings forecasts.
VIENNA, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Austria’s Erste Group Bank
said on Friday it was aiming to restore dividend
payments for 2015, after reporting better than expected
second-quarter results which were boosted by improving
economies across central and eastern Europe.
Recovering from a record loss last year, the third-largest
lender in eastern Europe is also benefiting from not having
operations in Russia and Ukraine, where its regional rivals
UniCredit Bank Austria and Raiffeisen Bank
International have suffered due to the economic crisis
in those countries.
VIENNA, Aug 6 (Reuters) – German postal and logistics
company Deutsche Post cut its 2015 profit target on
Thursday after walkouts by staff in Germany in the second
quarter cost the firm 100 million euros ($109 million).
The strikes came on top of problems at the company’s freight
forwarding division, where a restructuring and a switch to a new
IT system proved more costly than expected.
BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The comet lander Philae may be uncommunicative at the moment, but the pictures and measurements it took after it touched down on a comet in November have shown scientists that the comet is covered with coarse material, rather than dust, and is harder than expected.
European scientists celebrated an historic first when Philae landed on a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November after a 10-year journey through space aboard the Rosetta spacecraft.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German airline Lufthansa (LHAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Thursday it saw no let-up in the pressure on fares due to competition from low-cost rivals and it would be more challenging to improve earnings in the second half of the year than the first, when lower fuel costs boosted profits.
Europe’s largest aviation group by revenue is in the midst of a restructuring as it tries to remain competitive against fast-growing budget rivals in Europe as well as carriers such as Emirates [EMIRA.UL] and Turkish (THYAO.IS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on long-haul routes.
BERLIN, July 29 (Reuters) – Lufthansa is about to
take a bold step to boost profits by charging a fee for tickets
booked through third parties, hoping new technology and greater
price transparency will allow it to retain customers where
others have failed.
The 16 euro surcharge from Sept. 1, is risky, given that the
German airline sells around 70 percent of its tickets via third
party channels using global distribution systems (GDS) from
providers such as Amadeus, Travelport and
LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) – In the wake of the Germanwings disaster, all airline pilots should undergo psychological screening and allow details of medical visits to be shared in a proposed European database, according to new recommendations delivered to EU officials.
A task force of experts led by Europe’s aviation safety regulator also called for the introduction of random drugs and alcohol testing of pilots and better oversight of the doctors responsible for their regular medical checks.
NEW YORK/BERLIN (Reuters) – Airplane sales to Iran were cleared for take off after Tehran signed a nuclear agreement with six major powers on Tuesday, opening a potentially significant opportunity for Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Airbus Group (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) after decades of isolation.
The agreement would lift all economic commercial sanctions including those relating to commercial aviation.
BERLIN/ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s debt crisis has hit tourism, with last-minute bookings falling sharply, although the impact on the industry may be limited because the flare-up has come late in the season when most summer holidays are already booked.
The Greek Tourism Confederation said it has seen a 30 percent drop in last-minute bookings, which typically account for one-fifth of bookings to the country.
BERLIN, July 3 (Reuters) – Fearing for their safety in
Tunisia after a gunman killed dozens of tourists, sun-seeking
Europeans are switching to destinations such as Spain, Bulgaria
or even Greece for holidays this year.
Tunisia’s tourism industry had been recovering after the
Arab Spring unrest, and had become a popular lower-cost beach
holiday spot for Europeans. Last year, 2.8 million travelled
there, rebounding back towards 3.8 million level seen in 2010
before the uprising, according to official statistics.