Competitiveness

This section feature research, opinion and progress reports on how the Czech Republic compares to other EU countries economically. It includes analysis of international rankings such as the WEF and World Bank.

Spotlight issue

22nd July 2019 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation


European Findings - PwC EMEA Private Business Survey 2019: It's time to act

PwC asked leaders of European private businesses to tell us how relevant key technologies are for their business and whether they are already using them. The most popular technology: Internet of things (IoT), by a wide margin. That corresponds to how European private businesses see digitalisation.  Robotics followed, with Denmark reporting the strongest levels of usage (50%).
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18th July 2019 / Competitiveness / Tax & Finance


Global IPO market shows continued signs of slowdown in Q2 2019

Global IPO activity continues to slow despite unicorns coming to market Technology, health care and industrials were the most active sectors in H1 2019 Mega IPOs and robust IPO pipelines across all regions will bolster future activity Praha, 9 July 2019 – The trend of unicorn IPOs coming to market and pushing their proceeds to historic levels continued in Q2 2019 despite ongoing geopolitical uncertainty and trade tensions, resulting in 507 IPOs in H1 2019, raising total proceeds of US$71.9b. While deal numbers were down 28% from H1 2018, first-day returns on the main markets were up 15.4% on average and post-IPO performance increased 28.4%. Technology, health care and industrials saw the largest share of IPOs in H1 2019, together accounting for 266 IPOs (52% of global IPOs by deal numbers) and raising US$47.8b altogether (66% of global proceeds). By proceeds, technology was the strongest sector with US$29.3b raised (41% of global proceeds). These and other findings were published today in the EY quarterly report, Global IPO trends: Q2 2019.
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16th July 2019 / Competitiveness / Business and Industry


Czechs still like to shop in shopping centres, despite the growing popularity of e-shops. Turnover and footfall are growing

According to the newest CBRE Shopping Centre Index study, which has been compiled for the seventh year by the CBRE company, the world leader in the field of retail services, shopping centres in the Czech Republic have been successful again. Turnover in Czech regional shopping centres grew for the fifth consecutive year. Comparing the year 2017 with the previous year, turnover grew 4.2%. Rents grew only minimally. The vacancy rate is stable. The “Rent-to-sales ratio” reached a historical minimum and the average basket achieved its historical maximum. This once again proves that Czech retail is doing well.  
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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic