China and Switzerland have enjoyed a longstanding win-win partnership and China has an optmisstic economic outlook, the Swiss minister of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, Johann Schneider-Ammann said in an interview with Xinhua, chinese media on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. "I am very proud that Chinese President Xi Jinping could come to my country and stay four days," Schneider-Ammann said "In April last year we established such good personal relationships, and I'm proud of this success."
Half a decade into its search for a new handgun, the US Army has chosen Sig Sauer's version of the Modular Handgun System, according to a Thursday announcement from the Army. The $580 million contract announced yesterday covers procurement over 10 years. Sig Sauer is a German Swiss company and will provide thousands of new handguns to the US military under the contract over the next decade, the Defense Department explained.
Invented in 1986 as a light-hearted guide to purchasing power parity, the Big Mac Index compares the cost of a McDonald’s Big Mac burger in countries across the world, published by the Economist. Using the US dollar as the base rate, Switzerland won the top spot again for the most expense burgers. A Swiss Big Mac costs $ 6.35 (CHF 6.50), compared to $ 5.06 in the US, meaning the Swiss franc is overvalued by 25.5%.
Credit Suisse Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam sees market conditions improving during 2017 as the bank's reorganization gathers pace and its efficiency drive continues. Thiam told Bloomberg TV in an interview from Davos on Tuesday that "After a year in 2016 where you saw revenues really go down (across the sector)...hopefully 2017 will be better but all this is markets permitting," he said. "We have seen across the world the benefits of globalization…but we have also seen the tensions. The cracks in the system which then found a political translation," said the CEO of Switzerland's second-largest bank.
The Geberit Group reported that its net sales increased by 8.3% to 2.81 billion Swiss francs in the 2016 financial year. Adjusted for currency effects and in organic terms, net sales rose by 6.4%. Due to synergies from the integration of the Sanitec business, volume growth and lower prices for raw materials, management expects an adjusted operating cashflow margin (EBITDA margin) of around 28.5 percent for the year as a whole - a figure that is significantly up on the previous year.
Switzerland placed first overall in international university Insead’s 2017 Global Talent Competitive Index (GTCI); the annual study, released by international graduate university Insead on Monday, measures a nation's competitiveness based on the quality of talent that it can produce, attract and retain. This year's report explores the effects of technological change on talent competitiveness, arguing that while jobs at all levels continue to be replaced by machines, technology is also creating new opportunities.
Half of the Swiss people, exactly 54%, are satisfied for their financial and economic situation, for 8% the opinion is negative and 38% maintained a neutral attitude, according to the survey by the consulting firm EY at the end of 2016. The values differ only slightly from the previous year (respectively 54%, 6% and 40%). But, considering only young people up to 35 years, the level of satisfaction is strongly decreased (from 61% to 46%) in a year while people dissatisfied (from 4% to 18%) grew. According Gröli Martin, head of consumer sector at EY Switzerland, the latter figure is worrying. "The results show that many young people are dissatisfied with their current situation, in particular of their income and financial expenses," it said in a statement today.
In 2015, Swiss companies spent 15.7 billion francs in research and development (R & D), corresponding to an increase of 10% compared to 2012, the last year of data collection. Switzerland is one of the countries where companies are most active in R & D, indicates today the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) in a statement.
Switzerland has been an attractive destination for Chinese tourists in recent years, especially due to their growing interest in winter sports according to a report by the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce. With China's ski industry expected to grow rapidly over the next five to 10 years, there will be greater demand for trips to ski destinations such as Switzerland. Statistics from the Swiss government show that 2015 saw a 33% increase in the number of hotel bookings by Chinese tourists. It is part of a trend that has been taking place over the past decade.
Richemont improved watch sales in its own stores helped luxury goods, the swiss company said Thursday; sales during the last three months of 2016 increased 6% from the previous year, offering hope that the battered luxury goods sector may have turned a corner. The increase was driven by its jewelry unit, offsetting a slight drop in specialty watch sales. Geneva-based Richemont said sales increased to €3.09 billion in the three months to December 31, from €2.93 billion a year earlier.
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