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.

Country Risk

Austria Country Risk

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Core Views

  • We continue to forecast subdued but stable growth during 2015-2016. We now expect Austria to lag behind the overall eurozone in 2015 before returning to a similar pace of growth from 2016 onwards.

  • We expect unemployment to head lower in late-2015 and continue to decline in 2016. This will help foster a recovery in private consumption which has been slow to form in 2015.

  • We remain relatively optimistic about eurozone growth in 2016. As external demand and investment pick up, we expect growth to Austrian growth to accelerate in 2016 in line with the broader economic pickup in eurozone and Germany.

  • At a federal level, support for the Freedom Party (FPO) is continually on par with that of the SPO-OVP coalition. Given its strong performance in the Styria and Burgenland elections, we expect the FPO...

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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: While we view the Austrian pharmaceutical and healthcare market as relatively stable and insulated from sudden downgrades, we highlight that certain economic factors pose a risk to public spending in particular. The Austrian government budget deficit was calculated above 2% (2.4%) of GDP in 2014. In our view, this still should limit the ability of the government to increase current spending so as not to see the budget deficit widen further than the 3.0% of GDP limit set by the EU.

Headline Expenditure Projections

  • Pharmaceuticals: EUR4.45bn (USD5.96bn) in 2014 to EUR4.42bn (USD4.86bn) in 2015; -0.6% in local currency terms and -18.4% in US dollar terms. Forecasts unchanged from the previous quarter.

  • Healthcare: EUR35.93bn (...

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Austria Renewables

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BMI View : As growth of Austria's non-hydropower energy generation is estimated to stand at a strong 8% in 2015, we expect this to slowly decrease to about 5%-6% in 2016. Despite this steady decline in growth rates, the country is on track to meet its 2020 targets long before the deadline and become one of the countries that may exceed its targets in the end. Growth is primarily driven by the strong wind sector and to a lesser degree by solar. While electricity prices and a contemporary general oversupply of electricity continue to exert pressure on the market, we expect solid growth in both sectors going into 2016.

With a 32.6% renewable share, Austria is closing in fast on its 2020 target of 34%. Indeed the country is...

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Austria Telecommunications

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BMI View : The Austrian mobile market has been contracting on a quarterly basis. The entrance of Tele2 and other mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), specifically Hutchison Wampoa 's Eety could help offset some of the net subscription losses that have taken place in the previous quarters. Austria is a saturated market and MVNOs tend to draw away the clients of major operators, average revenue per users (ARPUs) tend to face downward pressures. The low-cost MVNOs must focus on improving their 3G capabilities and considering a foray into LTE services. The wireline segment is stronger and has a higher demand for growth, along with bundled services and valuable growth opportunities....

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