Germany's banking major Deutsche Bank agreed Wedsneday with the U.S. Justice Department to pay $95 million to settle a federal tax liability case. The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed in 2014 that had sought to recoup more than $190M in taxes, penalties and interest. The major allegation was that in 2000, the bank used a shell company BMY with little assets and no operating business, to evade taxable income and to gain from sale of stock. The shell company ended up in the tax liability of around $52 million. Through the settlement, the bank has admitted and accepted responsibility of the allegations.
The sale of new cars in Switzerland fell by 2% last year compared to 2015, a total of 317'318. The industry's association Auto Switzerland indicates that Volkswagen remains the best-selling brand, with 42'142 cars (-0.2%) and a market share of 13.3%, followed by BMW (24'708 registered vehicles; +2.8 %) and Mercedes (23'842; + 4.2%). Dacia (Renault group), is the brand that recorded the highest growth, 37.5%, followed by Alfa Romeo (+ 20.8%) and Jaguar (+ 82.8%).
Swiss national Jens Fred Sturzenegger has been charged in relation to the Singapore probe of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, becoming the fifth person to be prosecuted here. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) shut down Falcon Private Bank last October and Sturzenegger was arrested by the Commercial Affairs Department on Oct 5 last year.
Switzerland's consumer prices remained flat in December, the Federal Statistical Office reported Thursday. It declined 0.1% in December, which was in line with market expectations and followed the 0.2% decline in prices seen in November. Month-on-month, consumer prices dropped 0.1% versus a 0.2% decrease in November. This was the second consecutive decline and came in line with expectations. For 2016 as a whole, there was a decline in prices of 0.4% following a 1.1% decline the previous month. There was a decline in domestic prices of 0.1%, while import prices declined 1.4%.
The former CEO of Volkswagen Martin Winterkorn will receive, as of 2017, a pension of approximately € 1.2 million per year, or € 3,100 per day, despite the dieselgate, as reported today by the German newspaper Bild. The Winterkorn contract, forced to step back because of emissions scandal that ran over the Vw in the US and then in Europe, is officially expired at the end of 2016, and former top manager, who has 69 years, has entitled to a hefty pension.
German airline Lufthansa plans to hire more than 3,000 new staff in 2017, most of them flight attendants, it said in a statement on Wednesday. Lufthansa Group airlines - Austrian, Swiss and Eurowings - are hiring more than 2,200 staff in total, it said. Lufthansa Technik is planning to recruit 450 new staff. 1,400 new jobs will be offered in Frankfurt and Monaco. 500 persons will work at Swiss, 200 at Eurowings and 100 at Austrian Airlines. Lufthansa cabin crew and pilots have gone on strike several times over the last few years as the airline battles to reduce costs. Its cabin-crew union UFO said last month the latest talks over pay and working conditions had failed.
Ogeu, group of mineral waters, has reached an agreement to purchase the source of Quézac, in France, from Nestlé. The two groups have announced today the agreement, which puts an end to negotiations lasted two years. The amount of the sale was not disclosed. There are no cuts in jobs, as stated in the joint statement. With this operation, Ogeu hopes to strengthen the segment of mineral waters in France. The sale of Quézac, with an annual turnover of 20 million euros, reflects according to Nestlé Waters France its "strategic will to concentrate its resources on its national and international flagship brands".
Ford is canceling plans to build a new $1.6 billion factory in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and will instead invest some of that money in a U.S. factory that will build new electric and autonomous vehicles. Ford is investing $700 million to expand its Flat Rock assembly plant and hire 700 new workers to build self-driving and electric vehicles along with the Mustang and Lincoln Continental already produced at the Downriver site. Fields said Ford will invest $700 million in the Flat Rock plant to make hybrid, electric and autonomous vehicles. It will also hire around 700 workers starting in 2018. In announcing the Michigan expansion, Fields noted Trump's promise to make the U.S. more competitive by lowering taxes and easing regulations.
The rules governing the new "Swissness" legislation, which strengthens the criteria to define the nationality of products and services, have entered into force since 1 January 2017. In this context, the DOP and IGP denominations acquire the value of geographic marks, making it easier to abroad. The novelty is also applicable to certain industrial products like watches.
Tesla begins to roll out the updates to its Enhanced Auto Pilot, with a 1,000 vehicles in the first round of updates and the rest in the following week. It's not just your computer that gets its software updates these days, from now on your trusty vehicle does the same and in the case of Tesla vehicles, the latest upgrade “Autopilot 1” will bring owners closer to self driving with the HW2 Autopilot software. The update is currently being uploaded to 1,000 Tesla vehicles and if all goes well, the rest of the fleet will be updated in the following week. The company will also provide a P100D performance upgrade in January, for Model S and Model X users. 'HW2 Autopilot software uploading to 1,000 cars this eve. Will then hold to verify no field issues and upload to rest of fleet next week,' Elon Musk posted on Twitter last Saturday.
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