Erste Group Bank AG (RBAG) of Austria led Czech stocks higher before data forecast to show improving business confidence in Germany and the fastest U.S. retail sales growth in five months.
The stock rose 1.4 percent to 451.9 koruna by 9:45 a.m. in Prague, after a 4.1 percent drop yesterday. The PX (PX) equity gauge, where Erste has a 21 percent weighting, added 0.5 percent.
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