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Press release 148 / 2015-04-24: New orders in main construction industry in February 2015 received up a real 0.7% on the previous year

The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that new orders in the main construction industry in Germany increased a price-adjusted 0.7% in February 2015 on the same month of the previous year. In building construction demand decreased 1.2%, in civil and underground engineering it increased 3.2%. 

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Press release 149 / 2015-04-24: Investments in energy, water and waste management industry down 3.4% in 2013

Investments at the energy, water and waste industry

In 2013, the enterprises in the energy, water and waste management industry made investments in tangible fixed assets to the amount of 13.4 billion euros. Based on provisional figures, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that this was a decrease of roughly 0.5 billion euros (–3.4%) on 2012. The investment volume decreased for the third consecutive year. However, the decrease was smaller than in 2012 (–8.4%). The last time an increase was recorded was in 2010 (+11.7%).

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Press release 150 / 2015-04-24: Only 25% of enterprises in Germany have fast internet access

Only one in four enterprises (25%) in Germany with 10 or more persons employed had fast internet access in 2014. These are fixed broadband connections with a contractually agreed data transfer speed of at least 30 Megabits per second (Mbps).

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Press release 151 / 2015-04-24: France is Germany's most important trading partner again

According to provisional results, goods worth 169.4 billion euros were traded between Germany and France in 2014 (exports and imports). The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that the neighbouring country of France was Germany’s most important trading partner again in 2014. Next came the Netherlands with a trading volume of 161.3 billion euros, followed by the People’s Republic of China in third place with a foreign trade turnover of 154.0 billion euros.

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IN FOCUS / 2015-04-22

Wage conflict: Trains transported about 2.6 billion passengers in 2014

An agreement has still not been reached in the current wage conflict between the national operator Deutsche Bahn and the German train drivers' union (GDL). The train drivers have gone on strike several times since the conflict began - millions of passengers were affected by the work stoppages.

According to preliminary results, longer-distance and commuter trains transported approximately 2.6 billion people in 2014. Most of the passengers (2.5 billion) used the trains to cover shorter distances. Compared with a year earlier, the number of passengers increased by 2.1% in local transport. In contrast, the number of passengers using long-distance transport services declined by 1.8% (129 million).

The train drivers' strike hit not only passenger transport services but also rail freight transport. In 2014 the railway companies operating on the German railway network together transported a total of 365 million tonnes of goods, which represented a decrease of 8.7 million tonnes from 2013 (–2.3%). The main reason for this decline was the rail strike, due to which the volume transported was down 6.6% in October 2014 and 9.6% in November 2014 compared with the same month one year earlier.

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

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