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Press release 246 / 2015-07-03: Turnover in the energy, water and waste management industry down 1.6% in 2013

Turnover at the energy, water and waste industry

The turnover of enterprises with 20 or more persons employed in the energy, water and waste management industry amounted to 603.6 billion euros in 2013. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was a decrease of approximately 9.8 billion euros (–1.6%) compared with 2012 and the first drop after several years of considerable increases. As a matter of fact, the turnover of 2013 is still 18.8% higher than that of 2011.

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Press release 247 / 2015-07-03: 3% more academic staff at higher education institutions

Roughly 380,200 people were employed as academic or artistic staff at German institutions of higher education or university clinics at the end of 2014. Based on provisional figures, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was an increase of 2.8% from 2013. Compared with the previous year, the number of staff who performed a primary job in that area increased by 1.2% to 236,100, while the number of people who did it as a secondary job was up 5.5% to 144,100.

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IN FOCUS / 2015-06-29

After 25 years: uniform consumption pattern in eastern and western Germany

On 1 July 1990 the Treaty between the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic establishing a Monetary, Economic and Social Union entered into force. As the Deutsche Mark was introduced in the GDR and a common economic area established, western products initially were in high demand there. 25 years after the Treaty came into force, consumption habits in the eastern and western parts of Germany differ only slightly.

Private consumption expenditure in the former territory of the Republic of Germany amounted to approximately 2,400 euros in 2012 and to roughly 1,900 euros in den new Länder and Berlin. Although amounts differed between eastern and western Germany, consumption patterns were similar: households spent most of their money on housing (east: 34.2%; west: 34.5%), mobility (east: 13.9%; west: 14.3%) and food (east: 14.4%; west: 13.8%).

As regards the equipment of households in the eastern and western parts of Germany, for some goods there are no differences anymore: for instance, almost all households in Germany had a telephone in 2013 (east: 99.8%; west: 99.8%). 20 years earlier, only every other household in eastern Germany was equipped with a telephone (east: 48.8%; west: 97.4%). There still were larger differences in 2013 regarding the equipment with household appliances such as dryers (east: 22.2%; west: 43.8%), freezers (east: 40.9%; west: 53.1%) or dishwashers (east: 59.4%; west: 69.5%).

IN FOCUS / 2015-06-23

UNHCR: 60 million people forcibly displaced

At the end of 2014, 59.5 million people all over the world were forcibly displaced, including 38.2 million internally displaced people, 19.5 million refugees and 1.8 million asylum seekers. According to the UNHCR annual report Global Trends 2014, this was the highest number ever recorded. Compared with a year earlier, the number of such people (internally displaced people, refugees, asylum seekers) was up 16%.

Looking only at the number of refugees, the increase was even larger (17%). One of the main reasons is the war in Syria. Many refugees seek shelter in neighbouring countries such as Turkey. In 2014, Turkey was the country with most refugees worldwide (1.6 million), followed by Pakistan (1.5 million) and Lebanon (1.2 million).

According to the UNHCR, roughly 217,000 refugees found shelter in Germany, 15% more than a year earlier. The number of asylum applications rose markedly, too. In 2013, roughly 110,000 first-time applications were filed, while in 2014 new applications totalled 173,000 (+57%). Russia was the only country in the world recording even more asylum applications (275,000) - the main reason probably being the Ukraine conflict.

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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