1 May 2015

Business briefs

2:53 pm on 1 May 2015

A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters, including success for FlexiGroup, new opportunities in financial services, and a potential criminal complaint over spy allegations from Airbus.

FlexiGroup comes out on top

FlexiGroup says it has become New Zealand's leading technology equipment leasing provider, after completing the purchase of Telecom Rentals from Spark.

FlexiGroup's New Zealand general manager, Russell Webber, says it now has over 1300 customers and is able to offer technology leasing services to all market sectors.

New opportunities in financial services

SEEK says job opportunities in the banking and financial services sector are up 52 percent.

The online job search site says the industry recorded the strongest growth of all industries in the year ended in March, with a significant 78 percent year-on-year increase in new job openings in Auckland, followed by a 46 percent increase in Canterbury.

The total number of job ads rose nearly 1 percent in March over February, and 4-point-2 percent over the year.

Airbus to file criminal complaint over spy allegations

The aviation giant Airbus says it will file a criminal complaint over allegations that German intelligence helped the US carry out industrial espionage.

German media reports suggest the country's spy agency BND collected data on European firms at the behest of the US National Security Agency.

An Airbus statement says it is "alarmed" by the reports but does not want to speculate.

The company says it has asked for more information from the German government.