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BUSINESS BRIEFS

Trade deficit on downward spiral

The trade deficit in September hit a record Sk90 billion, or 9.3% of GDP, a figure not seen since 1998. Analysts said reduced exports by auto giant Volkswagen Slovakia, which is preparing to launch production of a new model, were partly to blame.

The end-year trade deficit has been predicted by some experts at as high as Sk110 billion.

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The Bratislava airport has competition in Vienna

The airport in Vienna, only about 60 kilometres from the Slovak capital, gains 17 new low-cost airliner flights.

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Surcharges for night, weekend and holiday work will go up in two phases

Social partners agree upon a compromise solution.

Royal chocolate made by Slovak Photo

Some of the chocolate art pieces are decorated with gold or silver.

Giving a voice to those unheard

The Sme daily celebrates 25 years since its founding. It is of immense importance that it remains independent and free, writes its editor-in-chief.