Romania recorded an annual rise in sales at 6.8 percent in November 2008, the highest pace in the European Union, according to the European Office of Statistics Eurostat; the figures are quoted by the Financiarul in an item headlined "We are ranked first in the EU by the trade rise".
Analysts expect the recession to go even deeper in the first three months of this year. The Romanian retailers are only slightly hurt by the national leu currency's depreciation, the Financiarul reports.
The former Romanian Government that ended its term in December decided to raise the tax on used cars threefold from Dec. 15, in a move they said was meant to counter the massive import of used cars and to protect the environment.
Tyre-maker Pirelli will open a factory in the southern Gorj county in March, the Financiarul announces. Gorj County Council chairman Ion Calinoiu met SC Pirrelli&C. Ambiente Eco Technology director Paolo Benea to tackle common issues related to the official opening of the factory within the Bumbesti-Jiu Industrial Park.
Almost all Romanian big cities have available jobs in fast-food restaurants, with the highest job offer being in Bucharest, Timisoara, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Constanta, Sibiu and Piatra Neamt.