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Upward swing for Swedish entrepreneurs

The number of company start-ups around Sweden rose significantly in September, up 18 percent in comparison with the same month of last year.

Upward swing for Swedish entrepreneurs

The increase is the first sign of an upward trend for new businesses for more than 12 months. So far this year a continuing downward spiral saw the number of new business start ups sink by 13,5 percent.

Statistics from the Swedish Companies Registration Office (Bolagsverket) show that 5,736 companies were set up in September, in comparison to 4,843 in the corresponding month of last year.

The most active entrepreneurs were to be found in Gävleborg, which saw a rise of 67 percent in the establishment of new companies, followed by Uppsala (37 percent) and Dalarna (34 percent).

Visma Spcs, which provides advice to new business owners, compiled the figures along with Bolagsverket.

”This is a really positive development,” managing director Rolf Dahlberg says.

”But there are still far too few new companies. But with the right support and inspiration, more will want and dare to start their own business.”

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Swedish engineering giant ABB to quit Russia over Ukraine

Swedish-Swiss engineering giant ABB said on Thursday it will quit Russia as a result of the war in Ukraine and the related international sanctions against Moscow.

Swedish engineering giant ABB to quit Russia over Ukraine

Russia accounts for only one or two percent of ABB’s overall annual turnover and the decision to pull out will have an estimated financial impact in the second quarter of around $57 million, the group calculated.

“ABB has decided to exit the Russian market due to the ongoing war in Ukraine and impact of related international sanctions,” the group said in a statement.

Russia accounts for only one or two percent of ABB’s overall annual sales and the decision to pull out will have an estimated financial impact in the second quarter of around $57 million, the group calculated.

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A large number of major western companies have pulled out of Russia since Moscow invaded its pro-Western neighbour on February 24.

“When the war broke out, ABB stopped taking new orders in Russia,” the group said.

At the same time, it said it continued to fulfill “a small number of existing contractual obligations with local customers, in compliance with applicable sanctions.”

Most of ABB’s dedicated Russian workforce has been on leave since March “and the company will do its best to support them as it realigns its operations in a controlled manner,” it said.

ABB has about 750 people in Russia and two production sites in the country located in the Moscow region and Lipetsk, as well as several service centres.

Separately, the group said that its net profit fell by 50 percent to $379 million in the second quarter, largely as a result of one-off charges, but also the cost of withdrawing from Russia.

Sales, on the other hand, grew by six percent to $7.2 billion in the period from April to June, ABB said.

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