Tourists in Prague in the summer generally aren’t afraid to splurge during their holiday but a study by Prague City Tourism suggests that visitors this summer were a little thriftier than the last winter season. Aside from transportation and accommodation, tourists spent the most at restaurants, but a touch less than in the past.
Czech privately held company Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH) has become the favourite to become the biggest player in Slovakia’s electricity market after Italian energy giant ENEL said it had been selected for exclusive talks over the purchase of its majority stake in Slovenské Elektrárne. The talks could result within weeks in a deal to buy up the shares.
The planned giant investment of Taiwanese mobile, tablet and camera manufacturer HTC in Brno promising to create up to a thousand new jobs is falling apart within months of it being announced. Dozens of the company’s employees have received notices to quit before the planned European service centre was even launched, Czech Television reported on Monday.
While the Czech Republic has recently basked in figures showing as the fastest growing economy in the European Union with a 4.4 percent rise in GDP in the second quarter, there is no threat at the moment that the economy is overheating. That is the conclusion from the governor of the Czech national Bank, Miroslav Singer, in the latest of his lively blogs on macroeconomic perspectives from his particular hot seat.
In ten days’ time or so school-age children will find themselves returning to the classroom after long summer holidays, the hottest on record since 1880. In the run-up, parents will feel a new burn – this time in their pocket, as they line up to buy school supplies. According to a report by Czech Radio, parents will spend – on average – at least 2,000 crowns on supplies and the parents of first-graders even more: children’s “aktovky” - ergonomically-designed schoolbags required by students, cost that alone.
Authorities in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad announced this week that they had destroyed 20 tons of tomatoes from the Czech Republic, that were falsely labelled as Macedonian. Russian authorities investigated the shipment, and after allegedly receiving information from Macedonia that the respective shipment was not registered with them, ordered its elimination.