In-depth country-focused analysis on Austria's economic, political and operational risk environment, complemented by detailed sector insight


Austria is an investment hub for many of our clients. The country acts as a gateway to the single European market as a member of the EU. Its services industry accounts for two thirds of its GDP, and tourism is the country's fastest-growing sector. Austria's industrial sector is mostly made up of small and medium-sized enterprises, but is a major player on the world stage. We make sure our clients make sound business choices in Austria, using our unique Total Analysis model. We keep them informed of the latest market moves and political developments as part of our 'top-down' and 'bottom-up' perspective. We give further in-depth analysis on six of Austria's most important industries. Combining interactive data and forecasting with our risk-assessed and results-proven analysis gives our clients a winning approach. We help you, as our client, identify the opportunities and risks – making doing business in Austria simple.

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Austria Industry Coverage (6)

Commercial Banking

Austria Commercial Banking

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Commercial Banking Sector Indicators
Date Total assets Client loans Bond portfolio Other Liabilities and capital Capital Client deposits

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Medical Devices

Austria Medical Devices

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BMI Industry View : The Austrian medical device market is well established, with above average per capita spending at just under USD300. The market is projected to grow at a US dollar CAGR of 2.7% to 2018, which is below average for the region. In keeping with most developed markets, the main growth drivers in the Austrian market are the increasing health needs of the ageing population and the search for new technologies to improve patient outcomes and increase health service efficiency.

Headline Industry Forecasts

  • In 2013, the medical device market was estimated at USD2,236mn, equal to USD263 per capita. The market is projected to reach USD2,552mn by 2018, having grown at a US dollar CAGR of 2.7% (or 4.7% when measured in...

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Austria Metals

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BMI View:   BMI 's latest Austria Metals Report assesses the prospects for growth in the steel industry over the medium term following a return to growth in output and a continuation in year-on-year (y-o-y) growth in consumption during the 2013 full-year. Within it, our forecasts for the industry run out to 2018. The report examines the risk and investment strategies of leading players in the industry. It also examines the impact of a decline in the eurozone, particularly the German market, on Austrian exports. 

The performance of Austria's steel industry returned to growth once...

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Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

Austria Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

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BMI View: The Austrian pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors are well developed and stable, offering some of the most attractive opportunities in the region. Our updated forecasts indicate a continuing moderate rebound in both pharmaceutical and healthcare expenditure in 2015 in local currency terms as opposed to weak numbers achieved in 2013 This is encouraging given the fact that the market will continue to be affected by the drug pricing restrictions and public spending cuts.

Headline Expenditure Projections

  • Pharmaceuticals: EUR4.71bn (USD6.31bn) in 2014 to EUR4.92bn (USD5.41bn) in 2015; +4.4% in local currency terms and -14.3% in US dollar terms.

  • Healthcare: EUR36.86bn (USD49.40bn) in 2014 to EUR38.21bn (USD42.03bn) in 2015; +3.7% in local currency terms...

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Austria Renewables

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BMI View : Austria's non-hydropower energy generation continues to grow strongly towards meeting its 2020 target long before the deadline. While electricity prices and a contemporary general oversupply of electricity continue to exert pressure on the market, we expect solid growth in the wind energy and the solar energy sectors for 2015.

Carried by its large hydropower sector, Austria achieved the fourth highest level of renewable energy share in electricity generation in 2013, according to a March 2015 publication by Eurostat. With a 32.6% renewable share, the country is also closing in fast on its 2020 target of 34%. The country has also seen the sixth highest increase in wind power capacity in the EU over the course of 2014. We also believe the wind sector will continue to carry the bulk of non-hydro renewable...

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Austria Telecommunications

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BMI View : The entrance of a number of high profile MVNOs in H214 and 2015 could help to offset some of the net subscription losses recorded by the major operators during 2013-2014. The market has reached a saturation point, which points to significant opportunities for MVNOs to impact the market as consumers look for new deals or innovative strategies. For the three MNOs, focusing on 3G/4G will continue to be a priority, in order to combat the fall in ARPU as MVNOs grow. The wireline segment is in a stronger position, with demand for higher capacity services continuing to grow, alongside uptake of bundled services, offering operators lower churn and higher value growth opportunities.

Key Data

  • Mobile subscriptions down 1.1% year-on-year (y-o-y) to 13.02mn in Q314.

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