Fewer vaccinations recorded among children in 2020

Basic vaccinations and those against measles, mumps and rubella in children decreased in 2020, according to a report by health insurer Helsana. The costs of basic insurance have remained stable. Basic vaccinations given to young children declined during the coronavirus pandemic, especially during the first wave. Full compensation for the decline was not observed until … Read more

Pension fund performance rebounds in August (UBS)

After a bout of weakness in July, Swiss pension funds returned to a solid performance in August. The rebound was particularly marked for small establishments, according to UBS’s monthly statement published on Monday. During the period under review, the UBS pension fund index stood at 0.97%, after falling to 0.29% in July. Since the start … Read more

Geneva is cautiously relaunching its auto show in 2022

After two cancellations in 2020 and 2021, the Geneva motor show will return cautiously in 2022 with a reduced edition, its managing director Sandro Mesquita told AFP on Thursday. This major meeting of the sector, which usually brings together more than 600,000 people, should welcome half of them in 2022, according to Mr. Mesquita, who … Read more

All signals are now green for the MEM industry

Thanks to a solid recovery in the first half of the year, all signals are now turning green for the Swiss machinery, electrical equipment and metals industry (MEM industry). While orders have jumped by nearly a quarter (+ 24.4%), the branch’s revenues should significantly exceed the pre-crisis level in the second part of the year, … Read more

Sharp rebound in temporary employment in the second quarter

The temporary employment sector saw a significant recovery in the second quarter, after declining for two years in a row, the Swissstaffing umbrella company revealed on Thursday. All areas of activity participated in the recovery. With a 24.5% jump over one year in extra hours worked, the Swiss Staffindex posted its first increase in eight … Read more

Russian science module Nauka docked with the ISS

After an eight-day trip to space and almost 15 years late, the new Russian science module Nauka docked Thursday at the International Space Station (ISS). He did, however, experience a temporary propellant problem. A few hours after docking, the cosmonauts indeed reported the unexpected ignition of Nauka’s engines, forcing them to turn on those of … Read more

Clariant confirms in the second quarter its performance in the first

Specialty chemicals Clariant posted a further growth spurt in the second quarter of 11% to 1.03 billion francs. The Ebitda margin gained 2.2 percentage points to 16.8%, for a related result up 28% to 173 million, said the progress report released Thursday. Quarterly performance is at the top of the AWP consensus projections. The analysts … Read more

Credit Suisse appoints new chief risk officer

Credit Suisse has appointed a new head of risk management in the person of David Wildermuth. The former Goldman Sachs will also join the executive committee, said the bank with two veils Tuesday. The new manager will take office in February 2022 at the latest. He was until now employed by the American banking giant, … Read more

Lindt & Sprüngli raises expectations and raises targets

Lindt & Sprüngli exceeded all expectations after the first six months of 2021, both in terms of growth and profitability. On the strength of these results, the Kilchberg chocolate maker raised its targets for the year as a whole on Tuesday. After a difficult year 2020, which notably saw strong Easter sales plummet, Lindt & … Read more

EPFZ takes the pulse of Mars and reveals its anatomy

The EPFZ has been taking the pulse of Mars for 30 months with the SEIS seismometer. Analysis of earthquake data provides insight into the anatomy of the red planet and its history. Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), together with an international team, were able to determine that the March crust … Read more