Morning News: Thursday, February 9, 2023

  • Year-on-year sales in retail trade decreased by 7.3% in real terms in December, according to the latest report from the Czech Statistical Office (CZSO). Food sales fell by 12% in specialised stores and by 10% in non-specialised stores selling mostly food.


  • The Czech state intends to conduct a general inventory of publicly-owned real estate, in order to reveal properties that are not needed and which could be given to local or regional authorities, Finance Minister Zbynek Stanjura (ODS) told journalists yesterday More than 500 state bodies currently owned roughly 1.5 million immovable assets between them.


  • Czechia is ready to extend the 10-day stay of a search and rescue team in earthquake-hit Turkey and to send more financial and material aid, the minister of foreign affairs, Jan Lipavský, said on Wednesday. Czechia will send generators and sleeping bags to Turkey next week and is monitoring further requests.


  • The Czech government has definitively pulled the plug on the idea of building a canal between the Danube, Oder and Elbe rivers after cancelling territorial reserves for the project. Coalition members the Pirates announced the move, which was confirmed by the minister for transport, Martin Kupka of the Civic Democrats.


  • Renowned Czech graphic artist and illustrator Květa Pacovská died on Tuesday at the age of 94. Pacovská’s work encompasses many different forms, from paintings, sculptures and spatial objects, to drawings and installations.

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