Quick Index
 Adult Industry News
Search AINews Database
Type Keyword or Phrase Here
Are you TOUGH ENOUGH for Joanna Angel? EXPO 2014, August 24-27, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
   
 

Front Page
Film News
Media News
Business News
Clubs & Appearances
Law & Politics
Internet & Mobile News
Lifestyles Arts Health Charity
Letters to the Editor
Columns
Movie Spotlight Reviews
Interviews
Pornstar Pages
AINews Staff
Ad Rates
PR 101: Press Release Service

Caliente Nudist Vacations!

Eva Angelina at Twistys

August 10, 2000 04:31pm
Beate Uhse shareholders greet founder like a star
Source: Reuters
by: James Mackenzie

(FLENSBURG, Germany) -- Few company heads could hope for as enthusiastic a reception from shareholders as Beate Rotermund, the 80-year-old figurehead of Germany's largest sex business, Beate Uhse AG .

The firm is the first of its kind to be listed in Germany and investors, cheering loudly and lining up for autographs, were attending its debut annual meeting since the listing.

An enthusiastic shareholder turnout was indicative of Germany's booming shareholder culture.

Germans, with a generally relaxed attitude to sex, have had no problem in blending business with pleasure. As service businesses ranging from football clubs to record producers and temporary employment agencies line up to list on the bourse, it was perhaps inevitable that adult entertainment would get in on the act.

Outside the main hall, Flensburger Sparkasse, the local savings bank, had a stand promoting the next major sex company listing, Erotic Media AG, a film licence dealer in which Beate Uhse has a 20 percent stake.

``Public contact and ease with erotica goes without saying for almost all groups in the population,'' said board member Otto Christian Lindemann.

RED-HOT STOCK

Away from the razzamatazz, Beate Uhse shares have performed respectably, doubling to 15.96 euros ($14.38) on Thursday from their issue price of 7.20 euros in May 1999. Chief executive Ulrich Huelle says he expects first half sales and operating profit to rise about five percent.

Beate Uhse, which operates a string of sex shops across Germany, is one of the best known brands in the country, claiming to be recognised by 98 percent of the population.

The story behind the company is both a dramatic tale and a microcosm of the economic miracle which saw Germany rising from the rubble of World War Two to become an economic and consumer powerhouse.

Escaping to the far north of Germany with small two sons at the very end of the war, Beate Uhse, a Luftwaffe test pilot, began in 1947 by selling information on contraception, paying the printer 5lb (2kg) of butter.

The business grew in the 1950s with publications such as ``Is everything right in our marriage?'' and ``Helga und Bernd'' distributed via mail order.

Two days after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Beate Uhse (Rotermund is her married name) distributed 25,000 of her catalogues to East Germans and expanded rapidly into the former communist east.

The listing in May 1999 was the final step linking the grim post-war world of reconstruction to the new Germany of the Internet and booming stock markets.

In the process, the group has made Flensburg, a tranquil town close to the Danish border, a major centre of Germany's sex industry. The group has also branched out further, acquiring businesses in the Netherlands and Scandinavia and taking a stake in an Australian Internet firm.

Beate Uhse's core business, retailing sex videos and a diverse range of erotic underwear and products as well as non-medicinal lotions and pills for enhancing sexual potency was a first for the stock market.

But for audiences used to Germany's startlingly explicit late night television, little in the catalogue would be new and none of the shareholders at the AGM appeared to find anything in the business to shock.

``It's perfectly normal. It's only the English who get bothered by this kind of thing,'' said one shareholder from Hamburg, declining to specify whether he was a customer as well as a shareholder.

Are you TOUGH ENOUGH for Joanna Angel?


RavenBay02.3gp

See BiBi Jones at Digital Playground

Top Stories

Proud Parents ~ Reviewer Rated

RNSU July 17

Next Day Test in LV

MWA: 07/13/14

Condomless Sex

The Goddess Lives

A Legend Looks Back

Nikki Phoenix Hosts Palomino

RNSU Thurs July 10

Nikki Delano at Crazy Horse

Resurgence of the Goddess

Pornstar Graduates Law School

July 3 Rock-N-SeXXXy-Uncencored

More on Belle Knox

Morgan Del Ray Karaoke XXX

MWA: 05/21/14

The Temptation of Eve ~ Reviewer Rated

Cumisha Amado on Vivid Radio

Yoga for Lovers

She's Judas & Available

Nikki Delano on Jukeboxx

Lapdance Lingerie in Neighbors

XRCO Welcomes Rich Hansen

IIM Party June 13

Hustler EDM Maniac Party

Layla Price Stars

Julia Sands Karaoke XXX

Susana Molina in Baci Lingerie

Fetish Con Dates

Porn's Greatest Star

James Deen June Promo

Exxxotica Exhibitors Lining Up

AdultVerifiedVideoChat iPad Contest

Sunny Leone Hosts Splitsvilla

Porn Star Game Night

Camming Con Moves Dates

Discount Club Owners Expo Tickets

Teal Conrad at Sapphire NYC

Exquisite Distributes DDF

Cherie Deville Returns

Alana Evans at WonderCon

Risque Starr Sisters Parties

Natasha Voya PSK

The Sexual Liberation of Anna Lee ~ Reviewer Rated

Carter Cruise at Exxxotica

Belle Knox at Exxxotica

Rock'N'SeXXXy & Hustler

Puma Swede Opens Desire

Nikki Phoenix XRCO Nom

Maddy O'Reilly is Slutwoman

Alex Chance jGrrl

Tony Batman Conquers LA

Alexa Aimes NYC Tour

2014 AVN News Rack Part 2

Roxanne Rae Available

Minka Karaoke XXX

Rio Lee Heads Cherry Pimps

Immoral Mayhem

XRCO Sponsorship Opportunities

Rotten Hosting Vivid Radio

Cherie Deville Available

Tony Batman Crazy Appearances

Inside The Industry 03/19/2014

Chanel Preston Interview

Alicia Silver Productions Content

Adrianna Luna Dance Dates

Entertainment is Entertainment is Entertainment

More
Stories From

Business News

She's Judas & Available

Camming Con Moves Dates

Exquisite Distributes DDF

Cherie Deville Returns

Roxanne Rae Available

Cherie Deville Available

Maryjean Available in LA

Alicia Silver Productions Content

Thomas Bagley Outed Belle Knox

Casting Call for 'Operation: Outdoors'

Mission Control Open House

Cherie Deville in LA

PASS Holiday Schedule

Santa Susana Pass Location

Sure Fuck Clothing Line

Nadia Night With Lucky Devil

Richelle Ryan Available

LATATA Responds to FSC

FSC Burdens Performers

Online Dating Summit Curacao

Tanya Tate Action Figure

Cam Studio Rental Rates

Sportsheets ILS Blitz

Fantasy Lingerie Storerotica Noms

New Networking Event

Crowdfunding for Adult Entertainment

Jack Hammer Coming Back

Jodie Stacks Available

TES Early Bird Price

XBIZ Executive Awards

June SCCC Mixer

Von James Hires Rub

Entertainment Equipment Floaters

AEE/ANE Seminar Schedule

Mia Gold Available

Topco StorErotica Nom

NS Novelties Storerotica Noms

Baci Announces New Distributor

Sliquid Fifty Shades Collection

Zolo StorErotica Nom

ECN StorErotica Noms

Sliquid StorErotica Noms

Obamacare Expert Randy Limbeck

SLS at Mister Leather

Barcelona Trade Show

Sensuva StorErotica Nom

SLS StorErotica Nom

Angel Del Rey New Pictures

Kira Lake New Pictures

RingO Ranglers Nominated

CB-X Nommed For 2

PHS Nommed StorErotica Awards

Good News From Lallasa

May is Masturbation Month

Kira Lake Available

OCM Rub Valentine

Sin City Chamber April Event

Crystal Delights Creates Trophies

AINews New Look

Business News Section Index

     
Copyright © 1998 - 2014 Adult Industry News (AINews.com)
All materials constituting text, articles, press releases, stories, columns, photographs, graphics, and code on the AINews.com domain are protected by copyright, and either owned by Adult Industry News (AINews.com), or reproduced with permission from other copyright owners. It may be downloaded and printed for personal reference, but not otherwise copied, altered in any way, or transmitted to others, without the written permission of Adult Industry News (AINews.com).