24 02, 2019

Japanese retailer, Miniso, opens 40 outlets in Romania.

February 24th, 2019|Investment General News|


Miniso opens 40 new retail outlets in Romania; the first 5 outlets will be opened in Bucharest.

Miniso (hq: Guangzhou)  is a Chinese low-cost retailer that specializes in household and consumer goods including cosmetics, toys, and kitchenware. The company runs 1800 shops on all continents and reported a turn-over of 1.5 billion $ in 2016.

Miniso is sometimes projected as a Japanese company and was founded by a Japanese designer in 2011, but its hq is located in Guangzhou, China.







Miniso, Grandview Mall, Guangzhou, China





Source: wall-street.ro         February 7th 2019

Author: not available

Language: romanian

Google search terms: Miniso; Romania

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OPI Mall, Jakarta, Indonesia

3 02, 2019

February 3th 2019 // How much taxes (direct and indirect) are paid by working people in Belgium ?

February 3rd, 2019|Investment General News|


A new report  (year 2019) from Corporate Investment Europe  on income in Belgium.

See section “reports from Corporate Investment Europe

or link to




Reports in french and duch language

26 11, 2018

Status of foreign investments in Belgium (11/2018).

November 26th, 2018|Investment General News|

Status of foreign investments in Belgium (11/2018).

Many expansions but few greenfield investments with high added value.

Dr L Huybrechts

Corporate Investment Europe

Foreign investments in BelgiumQ42018

  • Sofar, a record amount of expansion investments in year 2018 (3 billion euros) in times of economic boom.

  • The chemicals sector receives the largest part, even more than before; other sectors with an above average number of investments: logistics, food, steel, retail, energy.

  • Not the best year for expansions in the pharmaceutical sector, but Pfizer is an exception.

  • Many acquisitions, especially in the chemicals- and pharmaceuticals sector, including some large purchases by Aramco, Sanofi, Takeda and Bayer.

  • Much more expansions than real greenfield investments. Belgium receives small- and some medium-sized greenfield investments, but virtually no greenfields with high economic value, due to high operational costs in this region.

  • Remaining opportunities for greenfield investments in … retail, logistics, food, port bound activities, chemistry and high tech start-ups.

  • Ports are the most important investment locations (Antwerp, Zeebrugge, Ghent).

  • The contribution from the ‘secondary sector’ (industry and construction) to GDP (Gross Domestic Product) has been halved during the last 55 years and the downward trend is still ongoing.

  • Future prospects: Belgium is expected to receive a good amount of FDI investments for another one or (maximum) two years, but as from year 2020 a downward trend is likely to happen due to a  shift in the economic cycle and due to a decline in  FDI investments from the (sofar) largest supplier (USA). The US investments will  decline as a result of a shift in the American economic cycle, the evolution of US interest rates with it’s impact on the value of the dollar, the large foreign debt of the US and the declining international appetite for  American treasuries. Due to the long-term shortage of FDI investments with a large added value in Belgium, the contribution of the industrial sector (including construction) to the GNP will continue to decline from the current level (20%) to 15% before stabilizing by strongholders such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals and logistics. The Chinese prefer to invest in acquisitions and, as far as  greenfield investments are concerned, in the logistics sector. The relative importance of Asian investments will continue to rise. As to  greenfield investments and acquisitions they already are more important than American investments.

….Further details in ‘News &  Information’   and  section   ‘Reports from Corporate Investment Europe’….

31 10, 2018

230.5 million euro FDI-investments during the first 8 months of 2018 in Bulgaria.

October 31st, 2018|Investment General News|

On October 19th  2018,  the National Bank of Bulgaria reported that 230.5 million euro investments had been announced  from January to August 2018 in Bulgaria. This compares with a result of 812 million euro over the same period in the year 2017.


Source: Belkaneu.com               October 19th 2018

Author: Clive Leviev Sawyer

Language: english

Google search terms: FDI Bulgaria; 2018; 230.5

27 01, 2018

Slovakia has attracted a record amount of investments in the year 2017.

January 27th, 2018|Investment General News|

Year 2017:  30 investments   –   500 million euro

Slovakia enjoyed 30 investments at a total value of 500 million euro in the year 2017. This is a new record !  Fifty percent represent brand new investors, that have not been present in the country before. As for the future, the focus of authorities will go to R&D investments and new technologies.



Source: Spectator.sme.sk                              January 11th 2018

Author: not available

Language: english

Google search terms: Slovakia/Investment

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24 11, 2017

Dublin and Luxembourg are popular places for insurers after brexit. Lloyd’s of London opens a subsidiary in Brussels.

November 24th, 2017|Investment General News|

Luxemburg                       Dublin_Night

Luxemburg                                                                                                                                                                       Dublin

The largest insurers market, Lloyd’s of London,  intends to establish a new subsidiary in Brussels (Belgium). However, for the insurers themselves, Dublin/Ireland (9 companies) and Luxembourg (7) appear to be the most popular places, post brexit. Brussels/Belgium is the choice of 5 insurers while a few choose for Paris (2) and Munich (1).

Lloyd’s of London is the largest marketplace for insurers worldwide where insurers/underwriters come together to spread the risk. Collectively underwriters agreed contracts for a value of   26,69 billion pounds in the year 2016.

.         Brussels_Cinquantenaire_R03                                                          Paris

.          Brussels                                                                                                                                                                                  Paris

Source: Reuters

Author:  Noor zainab Hussain, Carolyn Cohn, Jason Neely

Language: english

Google search terms: insurer / eu exit

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14 11, 2017

As a result of Brexit, Frankfurt(1st) and Dublin(2nd) are the most popular destinations for financial services companies that want to leave London.

November 14th, 2017|Investment General News|

A lot of financial services companies that are based in London, are considering to relocate as a result of Brexit. Dublin is the second most popular location. After Barclays, also The Banc of America has choosen this location as main European hub (although they may relocate part of their business to other European towns). Frankfurt is the most popular location and companies such as Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered and Nomura Holdings have choosen this location.


Source: Bloomberg.com       July 21th   2017

Author: Gavin Finch, Peter Flanagan,  Laura J Keller

Language: english

Google search terms: Banc of America / brexit / Dublin

15 09, 2017

The Czech Republic enjoys a lot of FDI investments and unemployement is very low.

September 15th, 2017|Investment General News|

According to Czech Invest (Czech Authorities) the Czech Republic received 2.43 billion €, mostly, FDI investments in the year 2016. Most investments where made by foreign companies (78 projects) and some by domestic companies (21). FDI  investments orginated from Germany, Austria, USA and China. The automotive sector is the most popular one, followed by the metallurgical sector and plastics.


Source: czechinvest.org                                  February 16th 2017

Author: not available

Language: english

Google search terms: Czechinvest / 64  billion

15 09, 2017

427 Million € FDI investments in the first quarter of 2017 in Croatia.

September 15th, 2017|Investment General News|

According to the Croatian National Bank, 427 million euro have been invested(FDI investments)  in Croatia during the first quarter of 2017. Most of the investments concerned the following sectors: financial intermediates (30%), Trade (9.6%) and Real Estate (7.2%).


Source: total-croatia-news.com                   July 16th 2017

Author: Vedran Pavlic

Language: english

Google search terms: FDI/first quarter/Croatia

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8 09, 2017

FDI – Foreign Direct Investment in Bulgaria for first half year of 2017: 405 million euro.

September 8th, 2017|Investment General News|


According to the Bulgarian National Bank, the country enjoyed FDI investments during the first half year of 2017 for an amount of 405 million euro. This compares to 760,9 million euro for the first half of 2016.

Source: sofiaglobe.com              August 18th 2017

Author: not available

Language: english

Google search terms: FDI/Bulgaria/405

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27 07, 2017

Financial Services Companies from London pick new European locations in preparation of Brexit.

July 27th, 2017|Investment General News|

Bank of America selects Dublin as main European hub, although some activities (such as broker dealer activities) may be spread among other European locations.

Companies may spraid their activities over several locations although many see Dublin and Frankfurt as favourite locations.

Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered Plc and Nomura have said to move activities to Frankfurt.

Bank of America (HQ: Charlotte/North Carolina/USA) has 208000 employees and a turn-over of 87.7 billion $ (2016).


Source: Bloomberg.com     July 21th 2017

Author:Gavin Finch, Peter Flanagan, Laura J Keller

Language: english

Google search terms: Bank of America/Brexit/Dublin

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9 06, 2017

Eurostat data 2015: laborcosts in European countries.

June 9th, 2017|Investment General News|


Source: www.eurostat.com    June 3th 2016



7 06, 2017

2017 AT Kearny FDI Attractiveness Index

June 7th, 2017|Investment General News|

AT Kearny Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index

AT Kearny provides a worldwide ranking of the attractiveness of countries to FDI investors. The results are based on a large number of criteria and on a survey to senior executives of large companies worldwide.

  • The three most attractive countries are the USA, Germany and China.

  • The attractiveness of Europe on a global scale is going down

  • Global trade is weakening and protectionism is rising

  • Executives are optimistic about the global economy but recognize rising geopolitical tension


Source: atkearny.com

Authors: Paul Laudicina/Erik Peterson

Language: english

Google search terms: AT Kearny Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index

7 06, 2017

Wind in Power European Statistics 2016.

June 7th, 2017|Investment General News|

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Wind in Power 2016 Statistics

A new study from Windeurope






  • Europe installed 153700 MW windpower up to and included the year 2016.

  • Wind provides more energy than coal-based installations

  • New installations in 2016: 10.9 Mw (onshore) and 1.56 Mw (offshore)

  • The three countries with the largest capacity are: Germany (44%), France (12.5%) and The Netherlands (7.1%)

  • Wind provides 10.4 % of electricity demand

  • 86% of energy related investments are about renewable energy


Source: windeurope.org      February 9th 2017

Author: Aluys Nghiem/Ariola Mbistrova

Language: english

Google search terms: Wind in power European Statistics 2016

6 06, 2017

EU Foreign Ministers request new rules to curb the acquisition of sensitive high-tech EU-companies by non-EU companies.

June 6th, 2017|Investment General News|

The Foreign Ministers from the three largest economies in the EU, Germany France and Italy, request new powers to curb and block the acquisition of high-value sensitive EU-companies by non-EU companies. However the Commission Vice President for EU trade, J. Katainen, said it would be better to seek full invesmtent reciprocity and that there would be no problem if EU-companies have similar acquisition right in China as Chinese have in EU and Germany. The EU and China are currently negotiation/discussing such investment arrangement.


Source: global.handelsblatt.com    February 14th 2017

Author: Klaus Stratman

Source2: Ft.com      May 10th 2017

Author: Rochelle Toplensky

Language: english

Google search terms: Germany, Italy and France / block

26 05, 2017

FDI investment results (year 2016) in Czech Republic.

May 26th, 2017|Investment General News|

The Czech Republic received … 2.6 billion $ FDI investments… during the year 2016. Top 3 countries of origin are Germany (20 projects), Austria (10) and the USA (10). Top 4 sectors are … Automotive (22 projects), Metal processing (16), Plastic processing (9), Wood processing (7).


Source: czechinvest.org       February 16th 2017

Author: not available

Language: english

Google search terms: Czechinvest / 64 billion

24 05, 2017

Foreign Direct Inward Investment Results for Finland in 2015.

May 24th, 2017|Investment General News|

Finland received 1.3 billion euro FDI investments in the year 2015. This is a sharp reduction in comparison to 2014 (13.8 billion euro).

265 Foreign companies invested in the country ( similar to the number of 2014 though).

They are mostly originating from European countries: Sweden (50%), Benelux (20%); Denmark (6%), Germany (5%).   The most important sectors are financial services, chemical companies and the metal industry.


Source: stat.fi    October 27th 2016

Author: not available

Language: engish

Google search terms: foreign direct investment Finland 2015

31 03, 2017

FDI Inward Investment results of “Catalonia region” (Spain) year 2016

March 31st, 2017|Investment General News|

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Spain attracted 22 billion euro FDI cross-border investments during the year 2016.

46% of investments went to the Madrid region, followed by the Catalonia region that received 20%  ( 4.8 billion euro) .

Most of the investments went to the energy sector (17%), real estate (13%) and financial sector (7.8%).

Country of origin from the corporation that invested:

  •    USA                           4.9 billion euro (20%)

  •    Luxemburg             2.4 billion euro

  •    The Netherlands   2.2 billion euro

  •    Germany                  2.2 billion euro


Source: Catalannewsagency.com     March 21th 2017

Author: not available

Language: english

Google search terms: Foreign investments Catalonia


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28 03, 2017

The Netherlands: FDI results for the year 2016

March 28th, 2017|Investment General News|

The Netherlands, continuously, is doing well in terms of attracting foreign investments.

During 2016, 350 investment projects have been announced, totalling a value of 1.86 billion euro and providing 11390 new jobs. One third of the projects are coming from North America.


Source: business facilities.com    January 30th 2017

Author: not available

Language: english

Google search terms: The Netherlands / foreign investment / 2016

27 03, 2017

FDI investments in United Kingdom (2015/2016)

March 27th, 2017|Investment General News|

The United Kingdom still is the European champion in attracting foreign investments. Over the last five years the number of annual investment projects almost doubled from 1400 (11/12) to 2200 515/16). Last year most of the project have gone to England (incl. London) 1932, while Scotland and North Ireland attracted respectively 108 and 33 projects. Last year almost 82000 new jobs have been created. Most of the investments came from the USA, followed by Asian countries (India, China) before European countries (France and Germany).


Source: www.gov.uk/government  (Department of International Trade; DIT)   August 30th 2016

Author: not available

Language: english

Google search terms: DIT / inward investment/ 2015 2016

14 02, 2017

Global and European trends in cross-border investments (December 2016).

February 14th, 2017|Investment General News|

ING published a report on the recent trends in FDI end of December 2016.

It provides information on the trend of global FDI investments as % of global GDP, the performance of Europe as receiving continent in comparison to other continents, the most important countries investing into Europe, the performance of the regions within Europe (Western versus eastern Europe) and the Brexit phenomena.

Source: INGwb.com     December 2016
Author: R. Leering
Language: english
Google search terms: FDI/Europe/brexit
19 01, 2017

Chinese investments in Europe increased sharply from 20 billion (2015) to 35 billion euro (2016).

January 19th, 2017|Investment General News|

Merics (Mercator Institute for China Studies) and Rhodium Group published a report on ‘Chinese Investments in Europe’ on January 3th 2017.

The report includes…

  • Historical data on Chinese outward FDI flows

  • The rise of investments in Europe

  • The most important acquisitions

  • Sectors that are of interest to Chinese investors

  • The receiving European countries

There is a sharp rise in investments and most of them are carried out in the Western European countries (Germany, United Kingdom and France).


Source: rhg.com                 January 10th  2017

Authors: Thilo Hanemann and Mikko Huotari

Language: english

Google search terms: Chinese investments / Europe

26 12, 2016

China establishes a ..10 billion euro ..fund for investments in central and eastern European countries

December 26th, 2016|Investment General News|

China creates a fund of ….10 billion euro ….for investments in central and eastern European countries. The fund will be managed by Sino CEEF Holdings, owned by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. The focus will be on investments in infrastructure, mass consumption and high tech production.


Source: ecrf.eu     December 14th 2016

Author: Angela Stanzel

Language: english

Google search terms: Chinese investment / Europe / CEE

8 11, 2016

November 11th 2016 // Chinese investors are focussing predominantly to Germany (in Europe) in 2016

November 8th, 2016|Investment General News|

Approximately 150 to 200 Chinese investments/acquisitions are carried out in Europe in 2016. Most of them are going to Germany (37, first half year 2016), followed by France (23) and UK (20).

The number of Chinese investments is rising, as compared to previous years.


Source: faz.net    November 2th 2016

Author: not available

language: German

Google search terms: chinesen / investieren / deutschland / Grafik

28 08, 2016

August 28th 2016 // Cushman Wakefield ranks the best manufacturing locations in the world & Europe

August 28th, 2016|Investment General News|

According to Cushman & Wakefield the three best traditional production locations in Europe… in decreasing order of importance…. are Turkey….Poland…United Kingdom. However, for those who are prepared to take a little bit more risk… Bulgaria > Lithuania > Estonia….are good alternatives.


Source: cushmanwakefield.com  (August 6th 2016).

Author: Neil Mc Locklin

Language: english

Google search-words: Cushman / 2015 / manufacturing index

25 08, 2016

August 25th 2016 // Brexit will reduce FDI investments in the United Kingdom, says The London School of Economics

August 25th, 2016|Investment General News|

According to the London School of Economics, Brexit will likely reduce the FDI Investments in the United Kingdom with 25%, which equals about 10 billion euro. This would reduce BBP with about 3.4%.


Source: blogs.lee.ac.uk;  June 22th 2016.


Swati Dhingra, Assistant Professor at Dep. of Economices; LSE

Gianmarco Ottaviano, Professor at LSE and associate at LSE’s Centre for Economics Performance Trade Research Programme

Thomas Sampson, Assistant Professor, Dep of Economics; LSE

John Van Reenen, Professor Dep. of Economics and Director of LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance

Google search-words: brexit / foreign investors / blogs.lee.ac.uk