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Press release 138 / 2015-04-17: Turnover in accommodation and food service activities in February 2015 in real terms: +1.7% to February 2014

Turnover in accommodation and food service

According to results of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), turnover in the German accommodation and food service activities in February 2015 increased by 1.7% in real terms and by 3.9% in nominal terms compared with the corresponding month of the previous year. 

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Press release 139 / 2015-04-17: Social security funds record surplus of 3.0 billion euros in 2014

In 2014, the social security funds recorded a cash surplus (as defined in public finance statistics) of 3.0 billion euros. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the surplus was 1.7 billion euros lower than in the previous year.

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Noticeable price changes in March

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Get an overview of the most noticeable price changes for selected goods and services.

If you want to know how the prices of all product groups have developed please refer to our price kaleidoscope.

If you want to know by how much your personal inflation rate differs from the official one, just test our "personal inflation calculator".

IN FOCUS / 2015-04-14

4th quarter of 2014: home childcare allowance for just under 386,000 children

Since 14 April, the Federal Constitutional Court has been examining the home childcare allowance act. Currently, parents are entitled to a monthly amount of 150 euros if they do not use infant education in publicly supported day care centres or in publicly supported day care by child minders.

In the fourth quarter of 2014, home childcare allowance was paid just under 386,000 times. 83% of the recipients held German citizenship, 17% held a passport of another country. The majority of the recipients (75%) applied for home childcare allowance for the maximum period of 22 months. Only 4% of the benefit recipients intend to receive the allowance for less than 6 months.

A marked East-West difference is emerging with regard to the period of receipt. The expected period of receipt in the new Länder (14.4 months) is much shorter than in the former territory of the Federal Republic (19.9 months). In Thüringen it is shortest (13 months), while in Bayern and Baden-Württemberg it is longest (20.3 months each).

Energy cheaper - Coffee more expensive

This is, in a nutshell, the price development in Germany in 2014: consumer prices for energy fell for the first time since 2009 in a year on year comparison - coffee drinkers, however, experienced the strongest price increase in Germany.

In their article in our scientific journal WISTA (2/2015), Sabine Touil and Dieter Schäfer analyse the price development across all stages of the economic process in 2014.

Prices decreased at the levels of imports, production of industrial products and wholesale trade. Producer prices of services, construction prices and consumer prices rose slightly in Germany.

WISTA is mainly a German language publication, but occasionally English articles are also included. As of 2015, every article starts with a short abstract in English.

Key figures

Population (30.06.)201480.9 Mill.
Persons in employment201442.7 Mill.
Economic growth20141.6%
Inflation rate20140.9%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20140.4%
Public debt201376.9%

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