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Press release 187 / 2015-05-22: Detailed gross domestic product results for the 1st quarter of 2015

The German economy continued to grow at a slightly slower pace. As the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) already reported in its first release of 13 May 2015, the gross domestic product (GDP) increased 0.3% - upon price, seasonal and calendar adjustment - in the first quarter of 2015 compared with the fourth quarter of 2014. A marked increase of +0.7% was recorded in the last quarter of 2014, as reported earlier. For the entire year of 2014, GDP values did not change as compared with the figures published so far (+1.6%).

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Press release 188 / 2015-05-22: New orders in main construction industry in March 2015: –2.2% seasonally adjusted on the previous month

The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that price-adjusted new orders in the main construction industry in March 2015 decreased a seasonally and working-day adjusted 2.2% on February 2015. In building construction demand decreased 1.7 %, in civil and underground engineering it decreased 2.8%.

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Press release 189 / 2015-05-22: Number of traffic accident fatalities almost unchanged in 1st quarter of 2015

Persons killed in road traffic accidents

According to provisional results of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), 653 people lost their lives in road traffic accidents during the first three months of 2015. The number of fatalities was nearly the same as in January to March 2014. In contrast, the number of people injured fell by 6.2% to 75,600. On the whole, the police recorded roughly 557,300 accidents in the first quarter of 2015, which was an increase of 0.6% on the same period a year earlier. This figure included 499,100 accidents (+1.5%) that involved only material damage and 58,200 accidents (-6.5%) in which at least one person was injured.

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IN FOCUS / 2015-05-18

Strike at child day care centres: persons employed earn an average 2,880 euros

As collective bargaining with the municipal employers failed, the trade unions have called an open-ended strike at municipal child day care centres. They demand an enhancement of the financial status of nursery school teachers - among other things, by a higher grading of employees.

People employed full-time at nursery schools or in pre-primary education earned a monthly average of 2,880 euros in gross terms (without extra payments; performance group 3) in 2014. The salary in the new Länder (2,960 euros) was higher than in the former territory of the Federal Republic (2,869 euros).

The majority of persons employed at child day care centres had a vocational qualification as a nursery school teacher (67%) in March 2014. Child care workers were the second largest group (12%). The proportion of higher education graduates was 5%.

IN FOCUS / 2015-05-22

G7 in Figures: Data on topics raised at G7 summit in Elmau

The heads of state and govern­ment of the G7 will meet for the annual G7 summit on 7-8 June 2015 at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria to discuss current inter­national challenges and priority issues in an inter­national context. The summit will discuss the global economy and foreign, security and development policy, and will also address key topics chosen by the German Presidency such as climate change, energy security and standards in global supply chains.

The brochure "G7 in Figures" offers a range of information about the G7 summit topics on the basis of official inter­national statistics. The publication covers both the classic summit topics and the key topics chosen by the German G7 Presidency. Data is provided for all G7 countries. Depending on the topic, data for other partner countries such as G20 or BRICS is also included. The G7 summit focus page offers links to further information and more inter­national data.

Key figures

Population (30.09.)201481.1 Mill.
Persons in employment201442.6 Mill.
Economic growth20141.6%
Inflation rate20140.9%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20140.7%
Public debt201474.7%

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