Wienerberger AG (WBSV.VI)
VIENNA Austria's Wienerberger , the world's largest brickmaker, said it would accelerate its efficiency efforts and increased its medium-term earnings forecast by 13 percent, lifting its shares more than 7 percent.
VIENNA Austria's Wienerberger , the world's largest brickmaker, said on Thursday it planned further takeovers and would step up an efficiency drive to reach its core profit target of more than 600 million euros by 2020.
* Shares rise 3 percent, leading blue-chip index (Adds detail, UK business, outlook, CEO)
VIENNA, May 9 Wienerberger expects to meet its full-year earnings after reporting strong demand from Eastern Europe, and said it plans to shut less cost-efficient sites and restructure its ceramic pipe operations, its chief executive said.