Morning News: Friday, January 13, 2023

  • In 2021, the Czech Republic recorded 153,000 crimes, half the number recorded in 2011, according to data from the Czech Statistical Office (CSO).The number of people imprisoned is also decreasing, despite being among the highest in the EU as a share of the population.

 

  • Czechia is set to mark the history of samizdat in the country with a special day. The government has approved an amendment tabled by a group of coalition MPs under which October 12 would become the Day of Samizdat, celebrating the production of illicit printed materials such as books and magazines under the pre-1989 Communist regime.

 

  • Retail sales in the Czech Republic have fallen year-on-year for seven consecutive months. The decline slowed to 8.7 percent in November last year from 9.9 percent in October. However, sales increased only in stores selling cosmetics and toiletries. This is according to revised data from the Czech Statistical Office (CSO). In the month-on-month comparison, sales decreased by 0.3 percent

 

  • Last year, Škoda Auto delivered 731,300 vehicles to customers worldwide, a 16.7 percent decrease from the previous year. cThis is due to persistent semiconductor shortages, the war in Ukraine, supply chain difficulties, rising energy and raw material prices, and continued uncertainty in global markets.

 

  • One worker was killed at a mine in the Moravian Silesian Region on Thursday following a tremor. The accident occurred at the mine ČSM-Jih operated by the company OKD at Stonava in the Karviná area.

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