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Romanian companies rule SEE 2013 most profitable ranking, OMV Petrom grabs gold

Romania had the highest number of entrants in the ranking of the most profitable companies in Southeast Europe (SEE) in 2013. The best represented industry in the ranking was energy, with nine companies. Read more

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Automakers speed up the 2013 SEE industrial ranking

The oil and gas industry, the biggest in the region, posted a slight decline in total revenue and a sharp fall in profit. Pharmaceuticals remained the most profitable industry with a 13.35% return on revenue. Read more

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Energy sector takes over 2012 SEE money losers rankings

Energy companies booked the majority of Southeast Europe’s heftiest corporate losses in 2012 as 13 oil, gas and electricity firms made the TOP 20 money losers ranking of predominantly heavy-industry entries.
Companies that turned 2011 bottom lines into SEE’s biggest losses took the top four spots in the 2012 standings. Read more

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2012: Taking bitter with sweet

Given the difficulties faced by the eurozone and the disastrous macroeconomic conditions in Greece and Italy, the stable picture in SEE suggests that smaller boats could survive more easily in rough waters. Read more

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SEE stock exchanges gain momentum in 2012, as regional hubs stand out

Romanian and Croatian companies asserted their dominance at the lead of SEE publicly traded companies, the 2012 ranking by market cap showed. Read more

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City branding: mapping the media images of the SEE capitals

The nature of the modern knowledge economy has changed the way we perceive physical spaces. Contemporary cities are increasingly viewed not only as geographic and economic entities, but also as brands, shaped and popularized by the experience they offer to both locals and visitors. Read more

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2013: a year of readjustment and renewing commitments to sustainable growth for SEE

The global economic slowdown of 2012 was far sharper than expected and its impact on the economies of Southeast Europe turned the spotlight on the region’s structural weaknesses whilst also exacerbating the effects of the eurozone debt crisis. For these economies, 2013 is a year of readjustment and renewing commitments to creating robust and sustainable economic growth, an approach which is forecast to result in more promising rates of real output in 2014. Read more

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Croatia’s Brodosplit – Brodogradiliste holds onto top spot in SEE 2012 most profitable company ranking

Croatian shipbuilder Brodosplit – Brodogradiliste d.o.o. topped the SeeNews 2012 ranking of the 20 most profitable companies in SEE for a second year running as oil and gas operators moved up the standings dominated by 11 Romanian companies. Read more

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SEE stock exchanges gain momentum in 2012, as regional hubs stand out

The stock markets in SEE closed 2012 on a positive note as the majority of the TOP 100 public companies saw their market value increase and the blue-chip indices reversed their downward trend. Read more

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Croatia – new kid on the EU block

Croatia celebrated its accession to the EU on July 1, 2013, to the sounds of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and fireworks in the presence of the country’s leaders and EU officials. The latest EU enlargement, however, raises a number of questions not only about the future of Croatia but also about the EU in general. Read more

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Oil & gas lead 2012 SEE industrial ranking by far despite net profit decline

The four leading industries in terms of total annual revenue in the 2012 SEE industrial ranking remained unchanged for a fourth year in a row. Read more

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Slovenian companies again lead in SEE TOP 100 per capita

Slovenia continues to show the best performance in the SEE TOP 100 per capita ranking with Slovenian companies dominating the top positions. As many as 40 firms entered the 2012 list. Slovenian fuel retailer Petrol ranked first for the fifth consecutive year. Read more

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Eventful times for SEE’s political life

The economic recession determined an eventful political year in the SEE region in 2012 and the first half of 2013. Parliamentary, presidential and local elections, impeachment process, no-confidence votes and a new EU member in the face of Croatia were the features of the political picture in the region. Read more

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New sectors steal ground from telcos in 2011 SEE ranking of most profitable companies

Telecommunications emerged as the clear-cut leader among sectors when SeeNews compiled its 2011 ranking of the 20 most profitable companies in Southeast Europe. Read more

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Oil, gas companies dominate 2011 SEE Money Losers ranking

Oil and gas firms increased their number on the list of the 20 SEE companies with the heftiest losses in 2011 to nine from seven in 2010. Analysts attribute the increase to the rise in global oil prices that continued to depress the bottom line of the oil companies in the region, which are involved mostly in refining. Four firms on the list are units of Russian oil major Lukoil. Read more

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On the path of recovery

The economies of Southeast Europe set out on a hard and long road to recovery last year, trying to beat the challenge of sluggish demand for their exports in the eurozone, their main trading partner.
Unsurprisingly, the EU member states in the region fared worse than their non-EU neighbours due to their stronger integration with the western European markets. In contrast, non-EU member states capitalised on their looser links with the EU to post bigger growth in their gross domestic product (GDP). Read more

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Slovenian, Croatian firms lead in TOP 100 per capita, energy sector dominates

Companies from Slovenia, a country of just two million people, continue to lead the Top 100 per capita ranking as they did in the previous editions, albeit with 40 firms on the 2011 list, down from 46 in 2010. Read more

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Faring in a smoke-free environment

It’s 2004 and Ireland has swung a legislative wrecking ball, initiating a demolition process that would leave smokers in many European countries out in the cold (literally as well). The Irish government has enforced the first-ever law that prohibits smokers from lighting up in all enclosed public and work places, bars and restaurants included. Partial bans and assorted restrictions had been around before that in many countries but none had until then brought watering holes and eateries within the scope of anti-smoking legislation. Read more

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Oil & gas sector raises profit in 2011, leads SEE industrial ranking

The four leading industries in terms of total annual revenue in the SeeNews TOP 100 SEE ranking remained unchanged for a third year in a row. Read more

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Hollywood rules in SEE’s cinema halls

An analysis of what films cinema goers in Southeast Europe liked most in the first six months of 2012 highlights both universal and country-specific trends. Read more