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Dacia sales increased by 12% globally in 2010 to 350,000 units / A tenth were sold in Romania Dacia sales advanced by 12% last year globally, to about 349,000 units of which 23,000 units were commercial vehicles, Renault data revealed. France was by far the biggest market with about 110,000 units, Germany exceeded 40,000 units. Duster found over 67,000 clients. In Romania, Dacia sold over 36,000 cars.
Romania’s commercial deficit dropped by 3.54% in the first 11 months of 2010 to 8.63 billion euro / Exports continue to work well  Romania’s commercial deficit dropped in the first 11 months of last year by 3.54% to 8.63 billion euro, from 8.95 billion euro in the same period in 2009 according to the Romanian National Statistics Institute. The decrease of the commercial deficit was mainly caused by an increase of exports and their advance to imports.
Proprietatea Fund to be listed on January 25 The Bucharest Stock Exchange Council decided in a meeting on Thursday to allow Proprietatea Fund shares to be listed on the market with the FP symbol, a press release of the market operator reads. Stock Exchange President Stere Farmache declared that several important foreign institutional investors will be interested in the new stokes and this will have a positive impact on the market liquidity.
Romanian unemployment rate increased to 6.9% in Q3 2010 / 703,000 people were jobless Unemployment rate, calculated by the international labour office was 6.9% in the third quarter last year, a 0.1% increase compared to the similar period in 2009 when unemployment was 6.8%, Romania’s National Statistics Institute reads. The highest unemployment rate was registered among youngsters aged 15-24 years old.
Central bank governor: Progress needed in 2011 for Romania to join euro Romania needs to report further progress in 2011 so that it keep up with plans to join the euro in 2015, but reforms might take two years, which may change the date of euro adoption, Romanian National Bank (BNR) Governor Mugur Isarescu said on Tuesday.
CEZ group sold stake in Cernavoda project to Nuclearelectrica - Romanian state plans selling part of its stake Czech group CEZ sold by the end of 2010 its shares in the project to conclude works at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant in Romania, a press release of the group reads. It says the announcement of an intention to sell the 9.15% of shares held by CEZ in Energonuclear SA company was made in late 2010 and that the shares were sold to Nuclearelectrica SA, the majority shareholder in the project to build reactors 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda plant. Contacted by HotNews.ro, CEZ informed the shares were sold for 7.4 million RON.
Ford names a Belgian to lead Craiova 
Starting January 1, 2011, Jan Gijsen currently director for new markets within Ford Europe will be named director of Ford's Romanian company and President of Ford Romania, the company announced. He will replace Dioni Campos san Onofre who lead the Romanian branch in the last two years. 
IT Scop Computers was taken over by the Polish ABC Data company 
Polish group ABC Data, one of the most active players in the region on IT distribution took over 51% of the Romanian company Scop Computers. ABC Data plans to takeover the whole share pack of the company in the next years. Polish press reads that the transaction was agreed on 5 million euro. 
Romanian minister: Social spending amount to 69 billion of a total lei of a total of 200 billion. It should be rationalised Romania's government has a clear decision on rationalising social spending, which have a considerable weight in the consolidated budget - social spending amounts to 69 billion lei, of a total spending of 200 billion, Finance minister Gheorghe Ialomitianu said at a conference on European issues in Bucharest on Thursday.
Sofidel purchased 70% of the Romanian company Comceh 
Italian group Sofidel, producer of paper for sanitary and home use purchased 70% of Comceh company, the most important Romanian company activating in this sector according to the internet page Il sole 24ore. The operation was made through Sofidel's Polish branch, Delitissue that purchased this year 30% of Comceh's shares. 
The Romanian state plans to sell its shares held at Romtelecom / A price offer from OTE is expected by the end of the year 
The Romanian state plans to sell its 46% shares at Romtelecom and invited OTE representatives, the majority shareholder of the operator to offer a price by the end of the year, Communications ministry announced. The announcement follows a meeting between the Communications minister and OTE President and general director and Romtelecom's executive director. 
UPDATE Seven companies fined with 980,000 euro by the Competition Council / Sind Romania belongs to the biggest unions 
Seven companies were fined with 980,000 euro by the Competition Council for attending a public tender organized by the National Pensions House, in 2008, with false offers, the Competition Council informed. UPDATE Sind Romania, one of the seven fined companies is owned by unions. According to official data, Sind Romania is owned by  the five biggest unions in Romania. 
Volkswagen seeks suppliers for electrical car parts in Romania but companies do not rise to quality demands 
The German group Volkswagen seeks suppliers for electrical car parts in Romania but local companies do not rise to the quality demands of the Germanis, Volkswagen official Attila Kulik declared, quoted by 0-100.ro. Volkswagen buys parts of the cars it produces from Romania. Germans plan to introduce electrical cars in 2013. 
Central Bank counselor Lucian Croitoru: the economy will register a credible economic growth in QII 2011 
Romania will register a credible economic increase in the second quarter of 2011 and on the short term, its growth potential will drop, National Central Bank counselor Lucian Croitoru declared. 
Shareholders in Romania energy companies decided: conglomerates Electra and Hidroenergetica to be established The establishment of two major energy conglomerates on the Romania market was given green light by the shareholders in companies which will come under their umbrella. Shareholders in firms which will form national companies Electra and Hidroenergetica approved the establishment of two conglomerates, with the exception of Craiova Energy Complex, where shareholders did not meet because of a court action submitted by Proprietatea Fund.
Romania registered the highest inflation rate in the EU in October, of 7.9% 
Romania registered in October the highest inflation rate within the EU, with an increase of prices of 7.9% compared to the same month in 2009, Eurostat data reveals. At the level of the Union, the rate of inflation was 2.3% compared to 2.2% in September while in the euro zone inflation increased from 1.8% to 1.9%. 
The total volume of Chinese investments in Romania amount to 385 million dollars in September 
Investments of Chinese companies in Romania's economy amount to about 385 million dollars, Economy ministry data reveals in a release sent to HotNews.ro. Representatives of the institution show that in the last period, a series of Chinese companies, with an important financial and tehnical potential expressed their intention to initiate other projects in Romania. 
Eurostat: a 0.4% economic increase in the third trimester in the euro zone / Romania, a 0.7% drop 
The economic increase in the euro zone decreased to 0.4% in the third quarter, Eurostat data reads, quoted by AFP. Romania's economy dropped by 0.7% in the third quarter, and was exceeded by the 1.1% contraction in Greece. 
The current account of the balance of payments sees a deficit of 4.2 billion euro 
Romania's current account of the balance of payment registered in the first nine months of the year a deficit of 4.23 billion euro, a 32.6% increase compared to the same period, last year, Romania's National Central Bank data reveals. The balance of current transfers, that registered a decrease of 30.1% compared to January - September 2009 had a determinant influence on the deficit. 
Finance minister says Romanian salaries to rise in 2011 Romania's Finance minister Gheorghe Ialomitianu said on Thursday that salaries would certainly rise in 2011. While not providing a figure in this regard, he said the option of a 15% increase can be taken into consideration".

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