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Netherlands - Manufacturing output down first time in over two year

1 August 2011

The slowdown in the Dutch manufacturing sector continued in July 2011. Fragile demand, particularly from foreign markets, led to a first decrease in output, for over two years. New orders returned to growth but the rate of expansion was fragile as expectations of future market conditions remained...


Sweden - GDP up +5.3% y-o-y

1 August 2011

Sweden's working-day adjusted Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by +5.3% in the second quarter of 2011 compared with the second quarter of 2010, according to the latest data published by Statistics Sweden (SCB).GDP in actual terms rose by +4.8%. Seasonally adjusted GDP increased by +1.0% com...


Ireland - GDP expected to grow by +0.8% this year

1 August 2011

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to grow by +0.8% this year although Gross National Product (GNP) may decline slightly by an estimated -0.3%, according to the latest Quarterly Bulletin published by the Central Bank of Ireland. This is forecast to be followed by stronger growth in 2012 whe...


World - Younger workers not very different from older ones

1 August 2011

Kenexa, the global provider of business solutions for human resources, has revealed its findings on the work attitudes of millennials. In a white paper entitled 'Attitude? What Attitude?', Kenexa shares evidence-based determinations regarding the workforce generational differences specifically r...


France - Crit achieves strong growth in H1 2011

29 July 2011

Revenues were up by +16.6% from 331.4 million Euro in Q2 2010 to 386.5 million Euro in Q2 2011 at Groupe CRIT (CRIT:PAR), the temporary staffing, airport assistance and industrial maintenance group. All growth was achieved entirely on an organic basis.Interim results for the first six months of 2...


UK - Allied Healthcare reaches agreement on Sue Ryder Homecare

29 July 2011

Allied Healthcare International Inc. (AHCI:NSQ), the US-quoted provider of temporary staffing services to the health care and social care industries in the UK and Ireland, has announced that its UK subsidiary, Allied Healthcare Group Limited, has reached an agreement to assume responsibility for...


International - Monster profitable again

29 July 2011

Revenue was up by +25% from $215 million in Q2 2010 to $270 million in Q2 2011 at Monster Worldwide Inc (MWW:NYQ), the international job boards operator. On a year-on-year basis, currency translation had an $11 million positive impact on revenue in the second quarter.Bookings, which represent the...


France - Agency temporary employment up +7.9% y-o-y

29 July 2011

Agency temporary employment was up by +7.9% in June 2011 compared with June 2010, according to the latest Employment Barometer published by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies and HR Services Providers (Prisme).Agency temporary employment among unqualified workers was up by +6.2%. Am...


Belgium - Agency temporary hours up +12.76% y-o-y

29 July 2011

The number of hours worked by agency temporary employees was up by +12.76% in June 2011 compared with June 2010, according to the latest monthly figures concerning the Belgian agency temporary employment market published by the Federation of Employment Partners (Federgon).Compared with June 2010,...


Spain - New work permits single out Romanians

29 July 2011

The Spanish government said last Friday that it plans to again require that Romanian immigrants apply for work permits, seeking to ease soaring unemployment that has sparked anger among the country's citizens, Bloomberg Business Week reports.Spain was one of four European Union (EU) countries tha...