The Czech Republic’s biggest tobacco company, employing around 1,000 at its main plant at Kutná Hora, upped its sales and profits for 2014. But its share on its Czech home market continued to slide under competition from cheap rivals and bootleg sales while it enjoyed greater success and a rising share of smokers in Slovakia.
The government agency CzechInvest concluded 147 projects in 2014 - worth 87 billion crowns - with both Czech and foreign investors in 2014. Company representatives made the announcement on Tuesday, specifying a total of 16,000 new jobs would be created, with more than 6,000 in Moravia-Silesia and Ústí alone - regions often suffering from high unemployment.
Kvasiny, one of Skoda’s three production facilities in the Czech Republic is to undergo a major expansion- the biggest in its 81-year old history. Underlining the significance of the plant’s presence in the region, the Czech government has promised a two billion crown injection to support the transformation.
Furniture makers in the Czech Republic have reasons to be cheerful. According to figures just released by the Czech Statistics Office and quoted by the business daily E15, the industry saw a 13-percent increase in revenues last year – the healthiest growth it has experienced for a decade and a half.