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France - Unemployment up +1.5% y-o-y

28 July 2011

The number of category A (Unemployed) job seekers, in France, registered with job centres in June 2011 was up by +1.3% or +33,600 individuals to 2,720,400 compared with the previous month. Compared with June 2010, it was up by +1.5%, according to the latest data published by DARES on behalf of the official...

Sweden - Unemployment falls by -0.7% y-o-y

28 July 2011

In June 2011 the number of employed persons aged 15 to 74 amounted to 4,754, 000, an increase of +97,000 compared with June last year. The number of permanently employed persons increased by +86,000, according to the latest data published today by Statistics Sweden (SCB).

The employment rate rose by +0.8%...

Europe - Workers spend more time at work

28 July 2011

The actual working week of full-time employees was longer than the average normal collectively agreed working week in almost all European Union (EU) member states in 2010, according to the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions' (Eurofound) latest annual update of working...

UK - Sentiment falls as manufacturers re-appraise business plans

28 July 2011

For the first time in two years, optimism regarding the general business situation fell among UK manufacturers, and expectations of slower activity are driving a reappraisal of forward-looking business plans, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Growth in total orders and production...

Switzerland - Worsening outlook for growth

28 July 2011

In July 2011, the Economic Barometer, published by the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF) decreased from 2.23 to 2.04. The Swiss economy should display positive but somewhat weaker growth.

The Barometer continued its decrease, which started in the previous month. The barometer fell further by -0.19 relative...

UK - Impellam's operating profits up +29.6%, seeks acquisitions

27 July 2011

Revenues were up by +0.9% from 544.4 million Pounds in H1 2010 to 549.4 million Pounds in H1 2011 at Impellam Group Plc (IPEL:LSE), the international provider of staffing solutions, human capital management and outsourced people-related services.

Interim results for the 26 weeks ended 1 July 2011 reveal...

International - Heidrick & Struggles operating income up but makes a loss in Europe

27 July 2011

Consolidated net revenues were up by +13.3% from $126.1 million in Q2 2010 to $142.8 million in Q2 2011 at Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (HSII:NSQ), the US-quoted provider of executive search and leadership consulting services. Exchange rate fluctuations positively impacted net revenue...

Sweden - Poolia profitable again

27 July 2011

Revenues, including Dedicare, were up by from 70.9 million Euro in H1 2010 to 74.7 million Euro in H1 2011 at Poolia AB (POOLB:STO), the Sweden-based temporary and permanent staffing group, which specialises in finance, administration, IT and engineering.

Dedicare's shares were successfully distributed...

UK - HCL finalising investigations into accounting irregularities

27 July 2011

The board of Healthcare Locums Plc (HLO:LSE), the beleaguered specialist health and social care staffing firm, which suspended trading in its shares in January 2011 amid major financial irregularities, has today confirmed that it is "finalising the investigations into accounting irregularities,...

UK - Job satisfaction ranks behind pay

27 July 2011

A desire to 'increase pay and benefits' has become the number one reason why employees want to change jobs, overtaking 'improving job satisfaction' in the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) Employee Outlook survey, as the economic downturn continues to erode people's standard of...