In Business News this week: Robert Bosch gets incentives for České Budějovice expansion; Czech Republic seeks balanced trade with China; growth eases in third corner; PPF still in running for Plzeňský Prazdroj; finance ministry ups growth and budget prospects.
Robert Bosch to receive government incentives of up to 44 million crowns
Sobotka: Prague wants balanced trade and investment partnership with Beijing
The Czech Republic would like to have a balanced trade and investment partnership with China, the Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, said at the ceremonial opening of the Czech-China Investment Forum at Prague Castle on Tuesday. At present, China exports over 10 times as much to the Czech Republic as it imports from the country. Mr. Sobotka said relations between the two states were developing dynamically, particularly in the engineering sector but also in transport, science and research and healthcare. He also told the Chinese delegates that the Czech Republic was interested in a dialogue with Beijing on human rights.
Economic growth slows in third quarter
The Czech Republic’s economic growth contracted in the third quarter of the year, slowing to 1.9 percent year-on-year from 2.6 percent year-on-year in the second quarter. The news stems from a provisional gross domestic product estimate published by the Czech Statistics Office on Tuesday. Analysts had been expecting slightly higher growth in the July to October period.
PPF in shortlist for Plzeňský Prazdroj and other brewing assets: report
Czech finance ministry ups growth figures, sees budget surplus in 2018
The Czech Ministry of Finance has upped its GDP growth expectations for this to 2.4 percent from the previous 2.2 percent. And the forecast for 2017 has also risen to 2.5 percent from 2.4 percent. The ministry expects a modest budget deficit of 0.2 percent of GDP both this year and next. But the budget should swing into a slight 0.1 percent surplus in 2018 and rise to 0.5 percent of GDP in 2019, according to the latest figures released Monday.