BUSINESS

Eston launches office photo contest

In an effort to encourage creative portraits of offices in Budapest, Eston International, the Hungarian property advisor, has announced cash awards in its photo contest for anyone who would like to share an image of the skyline from their office.

ECONOMY

ÁKK: Retail govt securities stock rises HUF 72 bln in February

The stock of government securities designed for the general public rose by HUF 72 bln in February – ten times as much as in the previous month, Government Debt Management Agency (ÁKK) said today.

BUSINESS

Suzuki launches production of Vitara in Hungary

Japanese car producer Suzuki today launched production of its new Vitara model at its Hungarian plant in Esztergom in northern Hungary, the company announced at the opening ceremony today.

BUSINESS

State-owned rolling stock maker to partner with Stadler

Hungarian state-owned rolling stock company Dunakeszi Járműjavító and Stadler Trains, the local unit of Swiss peer Stadler Rail, have signed a declaration of intent on production cooperation, Hungarian news agency MTI reported today citing the companies’ joint announcement.

ECONOMY

ÁKK sells HUF 51.5 bln of bonds at auction, less than planned

The Government Debt Management Agency (ÁKK) sold a combined HUF 51.5 bln of bonds at auction on Thursday, cutting its original offer from HUF 55 bln.

BUDAPEST

Swiss chamber to celebrate 20 years here

Swisscham, the Swiss chamber of congress in Hungary, is celebrating 20 years in Hungary with a gala evening including dinner and a music show at the Budapest Marriott Hotel on March 27.

ECONOMY

Hungary’s trade surplus falls to €6.402 bln in 2014

Hungary had a €6.402 bln trade surplus in 2014, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) said in a second reading of data today. The surplus was revised downward from the €6.499 bln recorded in the first reading released on February 9, slightly under the €6.555 bln surplus of 2013.

BUSINESS

Pikopack completes HUF 2.1 bln investment

Packaging company Pikopack yesterday wound up a HUF 2.1 bln expansion at its Hungarian base in Füzesabony in northeastern Hungary, the company announced.

BUSINESS

3M opens innovation center in Budapest

U.S.-based company 3M has opened an innovation center in Budapest, 3M Hungária said yesterday. The company added that the newly opened workshop and testing facility is one of nine such centers in Europe.

OPINION

Expanding Its Reach: Isis And The Caucasus

In September 2014, the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) announced that it was ready “to start a war in Chechnya” and even “liberate Chechnya” and the entire Caucasus. Its ambitions clearly exceeded its capabilities, however, as this has not yet happened.

BUSINESS

Bosch launches HUF 2.2 bln investment at hand tool plant in Hungary

German engineering giant Bosch launched a HUF 2.2 bln development at its hand tool plant in Miskolc (northeastern Hungary) late yesterday. 

BUSINESS

MNB revokes Buda-Cash license

The National Bank of Hungary revoked the license of brokerage Buda-Cash and initiated its liquidation, Hungarian news agency MTI reported late yesterday.

BUSINESS

SIA and Colt to connect Hungarian KELER to TARGET2-Securities

SIA, in partnership with Colt, has been awarded the contract to connect Hungarian central securities depository and clearing house KELER to TARGET2-Securities (T2S), the new single European platform for the settlement of transactions in domestic and cross-border securities, the companies announced yesterday. 

BUSINESS

Danubius Hotels targets 30% revenue rise in Romania

Hungary's Danubius Hotels Group is seeking a 30% revenue rise from its business in Romania this year, the company said yesterday. 

BUSINESS

Skoda JS wins €36 mln Paks safety system upgrade

The Czech company Skoda JS won a CZK 1 bln (€36.4 mln) contract to upgrade the safety system of the Paks nuclear power plant in Hungary, company spokesman Jan Stolar said yesterday.

ECONOMY

BUX turns around

The Budapest Stock Exchange's main BUX index finished up 0.09% at 17,824.28 Wednesday after dropping 1.12% Tuesday. It is up 7.16% from year-end, after losing 10.40% last year. While individual shares performed mixed, the main index ended a four-day spell of losses on upbeat retail trade data and a larger-than-expected policy rate cut in Poland.

ECONOMY

Forint drifts further down on interbank market

The forint was trading at 307.12 to the euro late Wednesday on the interbank forex market, down from 306.48 late Tuesday. At 306.51 to the euro early Wednesday, the forint moved between 305.25 and 307.82, another eleven-day low. At 301.96 last Friday intraday, it hit a nine-month high.

ECONOMY

Local councils to receive government support

Local councils struck by the Buda-Cash scandal are expected to receive approximately HUF 245 mln in government support under an agreement reached today, Bertalan Havasi, spokesperson for the Prime Minister's Office, told Hungarian news agency MTI.

ECONOMY

Official: Paks data handling conforms with Hungarian, international laws

Attila Aszódi, the commissioner in charge of the expansion of Hungary’s sole nuclear plant in Paks, said that making the contract details of the expansion confidential for 30 years is in accordance with both Hungarian and European Union laws, adding that the head of the National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Attila Petérfalvy, had been consulted prior to the classification.

BUSINESS

Fundamenta-Lakáskassza new contracts up one-fifth

Hungarian home savings bank Fundamenta-Lakáskassza signed new home savings contracts in the amount of HUF 422 bln last year, an increase of 20% as compared to the previous year, with the number of new contracts rising by 12% to 139,000, chairman-CEO Károly Gergely said today.

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Expanding Its Reach: Isis And The Caucasus

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