LOOK AROUND and one mood appears to be prevalent in the autumn air – optimism. That represents a considerable u-turn from the last year; in fact, even as little as six months back skepticism was the buzzword with investors either playing a nervous game of wait-and-see or backtracking entirely on their strategies as a result of various political and regulatory upheavals. Now, outward signs suggest that the corporate world has acclimatized to these bumps, and while politicians will doubtlessly continue engaging in big-stake games and gambles, business will continue as normal. If evidence was required, then look no further than at the analytical data: with the year entering its final stage, Moody’s and other ratings institutions have upped Poland’s GDP forecast for 2018 to 3.5 percent – not bad for a country that, according to the pessimists, was teetering on a precipice.
Furthermore, these figures appear to be ably supported by our own findings. Published in conjunction with this issue of WBJ, our annual Book of Lists has revealed record results for many of the top ranked companies we surveyed. Spread over 50 different industries, these success stories weren’t limited to just industry leaders either, with a copious number of mid-sized companies also reporting historic highs.
Naturally, at this stage of the year all eyes swivel onto the real estate segment: with Expo Real in Munich and a number of other events around the corner, our editorial department has busied itself measuring the temperature of the marketplace: this issue we ask what plans Vastint has made for Poland; how the logistics sector has treated Panattoni; and how Atrium Group and GTC are facing up to the latest changes in the retail world.
Of course, as always we’re also delighted to present your usual serving of business news whilst also exploring the latest news from the automotive industry and the IT/Tech sector.
Enjoy the read, and here’s to a successful Q4.