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04-05-2012 16:03 | Christian Falvey

The procurement market sank by 100 billion in 2011; the production of passenger cars hits a record; farmers prepare for blockades; the Finance Ministry forecasts nearly three percent growth for 2015; the Central bank keeps interest rate at record low.   More

Farmers announce protests over plans to slash diesel tax rebates and new wine tax

03-05-2012 16:35 | Jan Richter

Photo: Tomáš Adamec The Czech Republic will see another round of protests against the government’s austerity measures. Agriculture industry leaders on Wednesday announced they would block roads and slow traffic in protest of plans to cancel tax rebates on diesel for agricultural firms, and a planned introduction of a tax on wine.  More

Radio Prague’s great radler tasting special

01-05-2012 02:01 | Jan Richter

Czech beer is considered part of national heritage and has long been just as popular abroad as it has been at home. But over the last several years, beer consumption in the Czech Republic has been on a slow but steady decline which prompted all major breweries to look for new ways of attracting the pampered Czech beer drinker. In our beer special today, we examine a new hit on the market – low-alcohol fruit beers, or radlers, put out by three biggest beer producers – Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen, and Heineken.  More

Business News

20-04-2012 15:59 | Christian Falvey

The government approves the final draft of the state financial statement; problems with EU funding could increase the state budget by nearly 33 billion; the Finance Ministry is set to issue household bonds pegged to the inflation rate; Czech arms manufacturers can now compete for US tenders; Czechs are drinking less beer than ever before.  More

Domestic vintners outraged over planned introduction of wine tax

18-04-2012 16:09 | Sarah Borufka

Photo: CTK In its ongoing effort to find ways of lowering the state budget deficit, the Czech government has announced that it is planning to introduce a new tax on wine. The country’s winemakers are enraged and believe that this step will lower the competitiveness of domestic vintners, while giving foreign producers an edge on the Czech market.  More

Prague's farmers markets: A success story

11-04-2012 13:34 | Sarah Borufka

In this edition of Marketplace, we go to an actual outdoor market. We braved the cold Easter weather this past Saturday and visited one of the city’s popular farmers markets, on Prague’s Jiřího z Poděbrad square.  More

Business News

06-04-2012 15:57 | Jan Richter

In Business News this week: Czech industrial production speeds up; most Czech companies want to hire employees as contractors; Saturday shifts at Škoda Auto end over labour dispute, the North American brewing giant Molson Coors buys Staropramen; and Prague’s Ruzyně airport marks 75 years since the first landing.   More

Ahold CEO Jan van Dam on soaring egg prices, expired foodstuffs and the (un)changing taste of Czech customers

04-04-2012 | Jan Richter

Jan van Dam Czech supermarket chains have taken a lot of criticism recently over a series of issues. They are being blamed for the soaring price of eggs, and they have found themselves under increased scrutiny from food inspectors for selling poor-quality and even expired foodstuffs. With the hike in VAT rates and plummeting consumer trust, it seems that 2012 is set to be a tough time for the big retailers. Radio Prague spoke to Jan van Dam the CEO of Ahold Czech Republic which runs one of the biggest supermarket chains in the country, and asked him whether Ahold was cashing in on the soaring price of eggs ahead of Easter.  More

Business News

30-03-2012 16:12 | Sarah Borufka

In this week’s business news: The Czech Republics foreign debt has reached 1.873 trillion crowns, a survey finds Czech salaries are above the international average, a shortage of white eggs is likely to hit the country over Easter, the popularity of specialty brews is on the rise and Prague’s Four Seasons hotel goes on sale.  More

Eggs in short supply following new EU directive on laying hen welfare

20-03-2012 14:39 | Sarah Borufka

In the Czech Republic, egg prices have increased sharply in recent weeks as a result of a new EU directive that strives to improve conditions in laying hen farms. Since many farmers have failed to implement the new regulations in time, eggs are now in short supply in some countries. Some Czech consumers have even started buying large quantities in neighboring Germany. How will the situation develop ahead of Easter?  More

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