The number of peoples that regularly do shopping in hypermarkets and supermarkets slightly increased again, according to a survey of Incoma agency. The same group of people is characterized by a positive attitude to the advertisement, branded goods and better-than-average income. These people often use a car for shopping.
The government decided yesterday that the monthly gross wages of employees in the budgetary sector would rise by 11%, and those of health workers by 18% as of March 1.
Germany will probably avoid a European Union rebuke for its swelling budget deficit, sparing Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder an election-year setback. With slowing growth crimping tax revenue and driving up welfare costs, Schroeder is lobbying EU finance ministers not to make Germany the first country to be warned that its deficit risks topping the limit of 3 percent of gross domestic product set by Europe's `stability pact.
Pavel Telicka, the main Czech negotiator with EU, announced at the conference on the single European market that the Czech Republic would launch a tough struggle with other candidate countries to acquire major investments from the EU countries. The Czech Republic will be pointing out that these countries' investment incentives are not compatible with EU norms while the Czech incentives comply with the EU regulations.
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