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Press release 265 / 2016-07-29: Retail turnover in June 2016: +2.7% in real terms on June 2015

Turnover in retail trade

According to provisional results of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), retail turnover in June 2016 in Germany increased in real and in nominal terms 2.7% compared with the corresponding month of the previous year. The number of days open for sale was 26 in June 2016 and 26 in June 2015, too.

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Press release 266 / 2016-07-29: 1,395 gigawatt-hours of electricity produced from sewage gas in 2015

In 2015, a total of 1,395 gigawatt-hours of electricity were produced from sewage gas by sewage treatment plants in Germany. Compared with 2014, this was a 3.6% increase. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this output would have been sufficient to provide a city like Frankfurt am Main with electricity for a whole year (assuming an average per capita electricity consumption of roughly 1,800 kilowatt-hours). The sewage treatment plants consumed 92% of the electricity they had produced and fed 8% into the public grid. Sewage gas accounted for approximately 1% of the total supply of electricity produced from renewable energy sources in 2015.

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Foreign Trade: Turkey major importer of motor vehicles and machinery

After the failed coup attempt in Turkey, German enterprises are concerned about consequences for foreign trade. Turkey is a major importer especially for the automotive industry and manufacturers of machinery and equipment.

In 2015, Turkey was one of Germany's 20 major trading partners. According to provisional results, goods to the total value of 36.9 billion euros were traded between the two countries. Exports from Germany amounted to 22.4 billion euros. Among the major importers, Turkey ranked even higher than countries such as Russia, South Korea and Japan.

Major export goods included motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (6.4 billion euros) and machinery (4.3 billion euros). Exports of these two groups of goods to Turkey accounted for roughly 3%, respectively, of total German exports of those goods. Imports from Turkey amounted to approximately 14.5 billion euros. Clothing was by far the most significant good imported (3.3 billion euros).

Annual Report 2015 has been published

The remuneration of Members of the Bundestag, the calculation of the minimum wage, or the administrative burden on businesses: the Annual Report 2015 offers an overview of how these topics are linked to official statistics.

The Annual Report includes an interview with Minister of State Professor Helge Braun on the survey of situations faced by businesses, in which businesses assessed the administrative infrastructure. The quality standards underlying the Federal Statistical Office's work and all official statistics are another key topic. In addition, the interview with Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the Statistics Division at the United Nations, provides interesting insights into the international requirements applying to statistical systems.

Key figures

Population30.09.201581.8 mn
Persons in employment2nd Quarter 201643.5 mn
Economic growth (GDP)1st Quarter 20160.7%
Inflation rateJune 20160.3%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20150.7%
Public debt201571.2%

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