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Press release 149 / 2016-04-29: Retail turnover in March 2016: +0.7% in real terms on March 2015

According to provisional results of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), retail turnover in March 2016 in Germany increased in real terms 0.7% and in nominal terms 0.6% compared with the corresponding month of the previous year. The number of days open for sale was 25 in March 2016 and 26 in March 2015. 

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Press release 150 / 2016-04-29: Insolvency proceedings completed by 2013: losses amounting to 12.8 billion euros

The losses of creditors in insolvency proceedings in Germany (without Bremen) that were opened in 2009 and completed by the end of 2013 amounted to 12.8 billion euros. Based on provisional figures, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the losses were determined as the difference between the prorated claims of creditors (13.1 billion euros) and the amount available for distribution among them (350 million euros). Consequently, the rate of coverage was 2.7%.

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Press release 151 / 2016-04-29: Investments in energy, water and waste management industry up 10.9% in 2014

Investments at the energy, water and waste industry

In 2014, investments in tangible fixed assets by enterprises with 20 or more persons employed in the energy, water and waste management industry increased by 10.9% on a year earlier. Based on provisional figures, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that, after three years of declining investments, this was the first increase since 2010 (+11.7%). The investment volume amounted to roughly 15 billion euros in 2014. 

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Press release 152 / 2016-04-29: Social security funds surplus of 1.2 billion euros in 2015

In 2015, the social security funds recorded a cash surplus (as defined in public finance statistics) of 1.2 billion euros. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the surplus was 2.1 billion euros lower than in the previous year. 

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IN FOCUS / 2016-04-27

Especially high number of alcohol-related traffic accidents on 1 May and Father's Day

Father's Day is celebrated on 5 May - traditionally, on this day many men are on the move with friends. Those intending to enjoy the day while consuming alcohol, however, should leave their car at home. The number of alcohol-related traffic accidents is especially high on Father's Day. 232 alcohol-related accidents occurred on that day in 2014 - a higher number was recorded only on New Year's Day (273 accidents). On 1 May, 220 accidents occurred under the influence of alcohol. On average, the police recorded roughly 97 alcohol-related accidents a day in 2014.

Our traffic accidents calendar visualises the development of traffic accidents over the last ten years. The calendar charts show accident data on a daily basis, so that you can get an overview, for example, of the days when an especially large number of accidents occurred. You may also compare alcohol-related accidents with accidents involving personal injury over the whole year.

IN FOCUS / 2016-04-24

Basic security benefits: at retirement age, women are particularly affected

The current debate on statutory pensions focuses on old-age poverty. In December 2015, a total of roughly 1,038,000 people in Germany received basic security benefits in old age and in cases of reduced earning capacity from the government. 536,000 of them had reached or exceeded retirement age and received basic security benefits in old age (51.6%).

By providing basic security benefits in old age, the government supports people whose pension - possible together with other income - is not sufficient to cover their living expenses. Compared with a year earlier, the number of recipients was up 4.7%. The number of all persons receiving basic security benefits rose 3.5% in the same period.

At retirement age, women needed much more often government support than men. In December 2015, roughly 60.0% of the people receiving basic security benefits in old age were women. Examining all recipients of basic security benefits shows that the ratio between the sexes was almost balanced (women: 52.1%; men: 47.9%).

IN FOCUS / 2016-01-11

Statistical data on refugees

On some aspects of the current debate in the media and in the political community regarding "refugees", "people seeking refuge", "asylum-seekers", "immigrants", "migrants" etc., data of the Federal Statistical Office can be used. Information on the number of asylum applications submitted and relevant decisions is available on the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Among the statistics of the Federal Statistical Office, the following are relevant, among others: the numbers of inhabitants of intercensal population updates, migration statistics and statistics of foreigners. People seeking refuge and asylum-seekers are included in those totals (for example, in a municipality's number of inhabitants). However, in many cases, people seeking refuge and asylum-seekers cannot be shown - or only approximately - as a separate group. Also, data for 2015 are not available yet for many areas.

On our special page on people seeking refuge, we have compiled for you an overview of the different sets of statistics, including brief explanations on the contents available.

Database GENESIS-Online now also in English

From now on, the Federal Statistical Office is operating GENESIS-Online as a bilingual database offering an extensive range of data from all statistical subject areas.

The database is the main dissemination channel for the very latest statistical data. Currently, 222 statistics are available which contain a total of 720 million figures. You may now use the English language to retrieve data in accordance with your individual requirements by flexible table structures and visualise them interactively through diagrams or geographic maps. The results can be stored in various formats.

An exception to this are the Commodity Classification for Foreign Trade Statistics and the Product Classification for Production Statistics. These two classifications will successively go online in English at a later time.

Key figures

Population30.09.201581.8 Mill.
Persons in employment4th Quarter 201543.4 Mill.
Economic growth4th Quarter 20150.3%
Inflation rateMarch 20160.3%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20150.7%
Public debt201474.9%

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