The Czech Republic’s year-on-year industrial production figures grew by 3.2 percent in May, 0.1 percent less than in the previous month, according to figures released by the Czech Statistics Office on Monday. The main drivers of growth were the automobile industry, as well as plastic and energy production. The country’s foreign trade surplus experienced a year-on-year rise of CZK 17.2 billion, reaching CZK 24.4 billion.
The Czech foreign trade surplus rose in May by 17.2 billion crowns in
annual terms, to 24.4 billion crowns, according to preliminary data
published on Monday by the Czech Statistical Office.
Exports grew year-on-year by 8.1 percent to 332.5 billion crowns and imports by 2.5 percent to 308.2 billion crowns.
The balance was positively influenced mainly by the motor vehicle sector, where exports increased by 11.5 billion crowns. At the same time, the deficit in refined petroleum products, chemicals, and oil and natural gas decreased.
The EPGC investment group owned by Czech Daniel Křetínský and Slovak
Patrik Tkáč, has submitted a public offer for the German business group
Metro. Reuters reported that EPGC had said in a press release that it was
offering amounts for shares that valued Metro at EUR 5.8 billion.
The bid is contingent on EPCG reaching sufficient shares to take control of Metro, a spokesperson for the former said.
Reuters said the investment was part of Mr. Křetínský’s strategy of diversifying his holding into the food and retail sectors. He already owns the tabloid Blesk and Sparta football club.
Prague is catching up with West European real estate markets, the daily e15 reports, citing a new survey released by PriceWaterhouseCooper and the Urban Land Institute, carried out among developers and investors. According to the 2019 report, Prague is one of the 20 most sought after cities in Europe for real estate purchases.
Turnover of the Czech Republic’s 100 largest companies last year for the
first time exceeded three trillion crowns (around 118 billion euros),
according to the Association Top 100. Meanwhile, their profits grew by 12.3
percent year-on-year to over 209 billion crowns.
Car maker Škoda Auto again won the annual contest for the best-rated 100 companies in the Czech Republic, which made both the highest sales and profits, followed by Daniel Křetínský’s energy holding EPH and the energy giant ČEZ.
This May some 88 companies went belly up, the highest number of
bankruptcies in two and a half years, according to the Czech Credit Bureau
(CRIF). The figure is up by 35 compared to April.
Last month 551 people in business for themselves also declared bankruptcy, the highest number since May 2018.
Despite the relatively high number of bankruptcies in May, their number continues to decline in the long term, CRIF analyst Věra Kameníčková said, commenting on the figures.
Ahead of the 30th anniversary of China’s crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, Radio Prague spoke to Filip Jirouš, coordinator the China-watching think tank Sinopsis, about the politics behind some of the more controversial aspects of business dealings between the countries. A harsh critic of China’s sweeping Belt and Road Initiative, to which the Czech Republic has signed on, and the main Chinese investment vehicle here, CEFC, he further argues allowing Huawei to roll out the 5G network would be a disaster.
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