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Asia-Pacific developing economies face low growth again in 2014, UN forecasts

New York, 19/12/2013 - Developing Asia-Pacific countries will face another year of subpar growth in 2014 due to slow recovery, policy uncertainty and protectionism in developed countries, marking the first time in two decades that their economies have grown at less than 6 per cent annually over a three-year period, according to a United Nations forecast released today. more...


Strongest year for Global PE-backed IPOs since 2007

London, 18/12/2013 - This year marks a significant return of global private equity-backed IPOs, which raised US$57b, more than twice the amount raised in the same period last year. 2013 also marks the second highest total on record, since 2007, when PE firms raised US$58.4b. Through 12 December, there were 181 deals completed, up 65% from just 110 deals for the full year 2012, according to Private Equity, Public Exits released today by EY. more...


More than 60% of individuals in the EU28 use the internet daily - Income tax declaration: most used e-government service

Brussels, 18/12/2013 - Internet access and use is widespread amongst the EU population. In the EU28, 79% of households had access to the internet in 2013 and 76% had a broadband internet connection, compared with 55% and 42% respectively in 2007. For most individuals in the EU28, using the internet has become a regular activity, with 62% of individuals using it every day or almost every day and a further 10% at least once a week. On the other hand, 21% of individuals reported in 2013 that they have never used the internet, compared with 37% in 2007. more...


Spain’s labour market reforms on track but more assistance needed for young jobseekers, says OECD

Berlin, 18/12/2013 - Spain has taken courageous steps to strengthen its labour market. Recent reforms have helped create jobs and should further boost competitiveness and employment in the years to come. But additional efforts are needed to boost competition in product markets and to improve assistance to job seekers, particularly young people, according to a new OECD report. more...


Gas from Azerbaijan: Final investment decision to extract gas pledged for Europe

Brussels, 17/12/2013 - The European Commission welcomed today's final investment decision (FID) on extracting gas from the Shah Deniz II gas field in Azerbaijan. With this long-awaited decision, it is confirmed that Europe will get 10 billion cubics metres (bcm) per year starting from end 2019. more...


Nordic ID and Round Rock Research LLC sign a licensing agreement

Salo, 16/12/2013 - We are pleased to announce that Nordic ID and Round Rock Research LLC have signed a licensing agreement, which covers Nordic ID RFID readers used with licensed RFID tags in the United States of America. more...


Nearly 3 in 4 EU enterprises have a website

Brussels, 16/12/2013 - In 2013, almost three quarters of enterprises employing 10 persons or more in the EU had a website. For more than a decade there has been a shift in the content of enterprise websites from static webpages towards web applications, which include functionalities such as online ordering and links to social media. more...


Hiab wins an order to supply 200 loader cranes to Chausson Matériaux in France

Helsinki, 12/12/2013 - Hiab, part of Cargotec, has won a contract to supply 200 loader cranes to Chausson Matériaux, one of France's largest independent buildings materials suppliers, based in Toulouse in the south of France. more...


Eurozone moving away from crisis mode but long-lasting scars will remain

Frankfurt, 12/12/2013 - Despite signs of renewed growth across the Eurozone deep scars of the recession are likely to remain for years to come. While 2014 will be the first year of positive growth since 2011, as a result of an export recovery and easing of austerity measures, growth will remain low for the foreseeable future, according to a report. more...


Rise in global tourism fueling economic recovery

New York, 12/12/2013 - International tourism rose in the first nine months of the year to reach a record worldwide, new figures out today from the United Nations reveal. The latest update shows that an estimated 41 million more tourists between January and September of this year went on the road than in the same period of 2012. more...


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The world wide web has continued its ascent in popularity and is considered a must in all spheres of life. It allows businesses to attract custom and new ventures to source financing. Research calls on the input of thousands of online participants. More, accessible information calls for faster and stronger internet connections, and amplus AG is up to that challenge. Nothing less than the cutting edge is good enough for the tech company.

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