Monthly Archives: December 2015

Lloyds Bank: Improving economic conditions in UK contributed to the pound outperforming the majority of major currencies in 2015

The Olympics may still be a few months away, but for savvy holidaymakers there’s never been a better time to visit Brazil than now. LONDON, 30-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — The ongoing recession in South America’s largest economy has seen the … Read the full press release

Deutsche Bundesbank: Federal Government to issue Treasury discount paper with a maturity of 6 months for sale by auction on 11 January 2016

Frankfurt am Main, 30-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — As already announced in the issuance calendar for the first quarter of 2016, the Federal Government will issue Treasury discount paper (“Bubills”) with a maturity of 6 months for sale by auction on 11 … Read the full press release

The Deutsche Bundesbank: basic rate of interest as of 1 January 2016 unchanged at -0.83%

Frankfurt am Main, 30-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — The Deutsche Bundesbank calculates the basic rate of interest pursuant to section 247 (1) of the German Civil Code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch) and publishes its current level in the Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger) pursuant to section 247 (2) of the German … Read the full press release

Skolkovo Foundation: Cash flow analysis startup CASHOFF deployed the service inside boxed mobile applications of Bank Soft Systems

CASHOFF, the resident of IT Cluster at Skolkovo Foundation, deployed the service inside boxed mobile applications of BSS, the leading e-banking software company. MOSCOW, 30-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — CASHOFF developed mobile version of the service and implemented it inside boxed … Read the full press release

Norges Bank to sell foreign exchange on behalf of the government equivalent to NOK 500 million per day in January 2016

OSLO, 30-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Norges Bank will sell foreign exchange on behalf of the government equivalent to NOK 500 million per day in January 2016. Norges Bank purchases foreign currency from the State’s Direct Financial Interest (SDFI) each month. … Read the full press release

Deutsche Börse: 2015 has been a positive year for IPOs on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

FRANKFURT, 30-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Deutsche Börse Cash Market: Deutsche Börse reports that 2015 has been a positive year for IPOs on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. 24 new companies had been listed on the exchange, making 2015 Deutsche Börse’s best … Read the full press release

Transocean Ltd. announces Shell to terminate harsh environment semisubmersible Polar Pioneer contract prior to its expiration in July 2017

ZUG, SWITZERLAND, 30-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) announced today that Shell has elected to terminate the contract for the harsh environment semisubmersible Polar Pioneer prior to its expiration in July 2017. Transocean will be compensated for … Read the full press release

HSBC to keep branches open longer and to provide emergency funding in support of flood-affected communities

LONDON, 30-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Antonio Simoes, CEO UK and Europe of HSBC, said: “The flooding which took place throughout December is impacting our personal and business customers in North West England and Scotland. It has injured people, damaged their … Read the full press release

MAYKOR rated number one in the 2015 CNews Analytics rating of Leading IT Support Providers

MAYKOR, a leading Russian provider of IT and business process outsourcing services, was rated number one in the 2015 CNews Analytics rating of Leading IT Support Providers. The company has led the field in this rating for 2 straight years. … Read the full press release

EBU to broadcast Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra New Year’s concert; signs new contract with VPO

World renowned conductor Mariss Jansons will lead the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (VPO) in the annual New Year’s concert which will be transmitted by the EBU to more than 50 million people around the world. Geneva, SWITZERLAND, 30-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — The HD … Read the full press release

RWE Power: Öko-Wasserwerk bei Wanlo wird um die Hälfte größer

Jährlich bis zu 63 Millionen Kubikmeter Wasser für den Naturpark WANLO, 29-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — RWE Power erweitert wie geplant ihr 2003 errichtetes Öko-Wasserwerk Wanlo. Dort können bisher pro Jahr 42 Millionen Kubikmeter Wasser für die Infiltration am Naturpark Schwalm-Nette … Read the full press release

Öffentlicher Finanzierungs­überschuss im 1. – 3. Quartal 2015: 3,9 Milliarden Euro – Destatis

WIESBADEN, 29-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Nach vorläufigen Ergebnissen der vierteljährlichen Kassenstatistik erzielten die Kern– und Extrahaushalte des Öffentlichen Gesamthaushalts im ersten bis dritten Quartal 2015 einen Finanzierungsüberschuss – in Abgrenzung der Finanzstatistiken – von 3,9 Milliarden Euro. Im ersten bis dritten Quartal … Read the full press release

KfW-ifo SME Barometer: SMEs enter the new year with a slight deterioration in sentiment

SME sentiment declines towards the end of the year Retail dissatisfied with Christmas business Large enterprises close 2015 in highest spirits Frankfurt am Main, 29-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — The SMEs enter the new year with a slight deterioration in sentiment, according to … Read the full press release

BMW Group celebrates highly successful 2015

MUNICH, 29-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — 2015 was a highly successful year for the BMW Group and this is confirmed by overwhelming worldwide acknowledgement. This year BMW vehicles won numerous national and international distinctions in categories as varied as innovation, design, … Read the full press release

CES 2016: BMW Group to present Vision Car interior and user interface of the future

Munich/Las Vegas, 29-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES, 6 to 9 January 2016) in Las Vegas, the BMW Group is presenting a Vision Car to demonstrate what the interior and the user interface of the future might look … Read the full press release

Telefónica IoT business unit incorporates 4G-LTE global SIM connections in its Smart m2m Solution

Telefónica launches 4G-LTE IoT connectivity global service, served with its global SIM and Smart m2m solution. This technology will address new demands of Internet of things customers in both high data usage and low energy/data segments Madrid, 29-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ … Read the full press release

Audi to push forward with its growth strategy with the approved investment program in 2016

Capital expenditure of more than € 3 billion in 2016 Audi CEO Rupert Stadler: “Continuing with high levels of investment in future technologies to enhance strong position” Axel Strotbek, Board of Management Member for Finance and Organization: “Gaining financial scope … Read the full press release

Enel Green Power starts construction of Ituverava solar power plant in the state of Bahia in Brazil

Ituverava, which will have a total installed capacity of 254 MW, is Enel Green Power’s largest solar plant currently under construction The facility is located in the state of Bahia and will be able to generate more than 550 GWh … Read the full press release

Volkswagen Beetle marks 70 years of its first mass production shortly after Christmas of 1945

The start of mass production of the Volkswagen Saloon shortly after Christmas 1945 marked a new era of civilian vehicle manufacturing WOLFSBURG, 29-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — It was shortly after the first post-war Christmas 1945 that the first of the … Read the full press release

AXA completes the acquisition of SulAmérica Companhia de Seguros Gerais for Euro 31 million

PARIS, 29-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — AXA announced today that it had completed the acquisition of SulAmérica Companhia de Seguros Gerais, the Large Industrial and Commercial risks insurance subsidiary of SulAmérica S.A., for a total consideration of BRL 135 million (or … Read the full press release

Skanska signs with SCA for comprehensive refurbishment and extension of the pulp mill Östrand in Timrå, Sweden

STOCKHOLM, 28-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Skanska has signed an agreement with SCA to undertake a comprehensive refurbishment and extension of the pulp mill Östrand in Timrå, Sweden. The contract value is SEK 360 million, which will be included in the order … Read the full press release

Skanska to construct four buildings with a total of 327 rental apartments in Helsingborg, Sweden

STOCKHOLM, 28-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Skanska has signed a contract with Magnolia Bostad to construct four buildings with a total of 327 rental apartments in Helsingborg, Sweden. The contract is worth SEK 350 million, which will be included in the order bookings … Read the full press release

University of St Andrews academics awarded £169,500 and £108,000 respectively in the latest round of awards from the Philip Leverhulme Trust

Fife, Scotland, 28-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — A trio of academics from the University of St Andrews have been awarded top research grants from a national funding body. Dr Karen Spencer (School of Psychology and Neuroscience) and Dr Nicola Allison (School of Geography … Read the full press release

Spanish Electricity System: Electricity consumption of large and medium-sized companies increased 0.8% in November YoY

MADRID, 28-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — The electricity consumption of large and medium-sized companies increased 0.8% in November compared with the same month the previous year, according to data from the Red Eléctrica Index (IRE). Broken down by sector, industrial consumption grew 1.1% … Read the full press release

Nottingham University Professor Colin R. Thorne key witness in a trial which settled centuries-old territorial dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua

NOTTINGHAM, 28-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — The evidence given by an expert in rivers from The University of Nottingham has been pivotal in a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on a centuries-old border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Professor … Read the full press release

Dengue vaccine: Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengvaxia® receives regulatory approval in Brazil

Global introduction of the first Dengue Vaccine gains further momentum with this third approval in a row in an endemic country – With 1.4 million dengue cases reported this year, Brazil stands to gain tremendous value from this new dengue … Read the full press release

Wintershall to increase its participation interest in the Aguada Federal block in Argentina from 50% to 90%

German oil and gas company to expand its participation in the Aguada Federal block in Neuquén province Buenos Aires, 28-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Wintershall Energía S.A. and the local state-owned energy company Gas y Petróleo del Neuquén S.A. have signed an agreement … Read the full press release

Tellus Petroleum will not complete the purchase of Wintershall’s assets on the Norwegian continental shelf

Kassel/Stavanger, 28-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Following a request from Tellus Petroleum, Wintershall has consented to release the company from its obligations under the Sales and Purchase Agreement announced on June 18, 2015. Wintershall, a 100% BASF subsidiary, had originally planned to divest … Read the full press release

Experian Marketing Services: Email volume in Q3 2015 rose 24.8 percent YoY

Email volume during Q3 2015 and the 2015 holiday season is up 25 percent over 2014 New York, N.Y., 28-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ —  New research from Experian Marketing Services, a recognized leader in data-driven marketing and cloud-based marketing technology, shows … Read the full press release

Gamesa to install 14 of its G114-2.1 MW model at phase two of the Big Turtle wind farm in Michigan, US

The company will install 14 of its G114-2.1 MW model at phase two of the Big Turtle wind farm located in Michigan state. Zamudio, Spain,  28-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Gamesa has signed a fresh contract with Heritage Sustainable Energy for the supply … Read the full press release