In Business News: road haulage is the "riskiest" sector due to increased competition after EU accession; the Delvita supermarket chain is bought out by German company; two Czech firms launch legal music downloads; a Brno company wins a large contract in Iraq; sugar beet growers plan to stage protests over closures; and tourism accounts for over 3 percent of Czech GDP.
Road transport 'riskiest business' since EU accession
German firm buys Delvita chain
Two firms launch first legal downloads in Czech Republic
Two Czech companies have begun offering legal music downloads. I-legalne.cz and AllMusic.cz this week became the first to make songs available legally over the internet in the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Czech branch of Apple told Lidove noviny that the company had no plans to launch its popular i-Tunes service in this country, saying the service was not available in far more lucrative markets such as South East Asia.
Brno firm wins big contract in Iraq
The Brno-based firm Prokop Engineering has won a 40-million-dollar contract to supply technology for an oil refinery in Iraq. It isn't the only Czech company exporting to the war-torn state: exports in the first nine months of this year already exceed the total for 2005 by over 50 percent.