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Press release 440 / 2016-12-09: German exports in October 2016: –4.1% on October 2015

Germany exported goods to the value of 101.5 billion euros and imported goods to the value of 82.2 billion euros in October 2016. Based on provisional data, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that German exports decreased by 4.1% in October 2016 year on year while imports were down by 2.2%. After calendar and seasonal adjustment, exports increased by 0.5% and imports by 1.3% compared with September 2016. 

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Press release 441 / 2016-12-09: Labour costs in the 3rd quarter of 2016 up 2.5% on the same period of 2015

Labour costs per hour worked

In Germany, labour costs per hour worked rose 2.5% in the third quarter of 2016 on a calendar adjusted basis, compared with the third quarter of 2015. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that, compared with the previous quarter, labour costs were up 0.8% in seasonally and calendar adjusted terms. 

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Press release 442 / 2016-12-09: January to September 2016: business insolvencies down 5.2%

In the months from January to September 2016, German local courts reported 16,480 business insolvencies. According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) this was a decline of 5.2% compared with the same period a year earlier. The number of consumer insolvencies amounted to 58,619 between January and September 2016, with the number of cases being down 1.9% from the first nine months of 2015. Including insolvencies of other private debtors and deceased persons' estates, total insolvency cases amounted to 93,052; that was a decrease of 2.4% compared with January to September 2015.

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Press release 443 / 2016-12-09: 61% of enterprises in Germany offer mobile working arrangements

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In 2016, 61% of the enterprises in Germany have offered mobile working options, equipping part of their staff with portable devices (e.g. smartphones or tablets) with mobile internet connection. This is reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). In 80% of the enterprises providing their staff with portable devices, employees are able to access the corporate e-mail system. Mobile access and the reworking of business documents are facilitated in 44% of those enterprises. In 36% of the enterprises offering mobile working arrangements, employees may use corporate software irrespective of the place they work.

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G20 Presidency: Germany is fourth largest trading nation among G20 countries

On 1 December 2016, Germany officially took over the G20 Presidency from China. The German Presidency will focus, among other things, on global challenges such as the implementation of the Agenda 2030 of the UN of the UN or how to deal with displacement and migration. Traditional G20 themes such as the global economy or global trade will also be treated.

A glance at worldwide foreign trade shows that Germany was the fourth largest trading nation among G20 countries in 2015. According to data of the UN and the World Trade Organization WTO, German exports and imports of goods amounted to roughly 2.4 trillion US dollars. The largest importing country for German goods was the United States (exports: 127 billion US dollars). The most important supplier country was China (imports: 103 billion US dollars).

The largest trading nation overall among G20 countries was China. In 2015, the value of exports and imports was just under 4 trillion US dollars. It was followed by the EU, which as an association of states is a G20 member (3.9 trillion US dollars, excluding intra-EU trade between Member States) and the United States (3.8 trillion US dollars).

For each G20 country, you may download a statistical Country Profile containing comprehensive information.

Ageing is an upward trend: the majority feel fit

Older people will increasingly shape our society. The baby boom generation of the 1960s will soon be reaching retirement age. At the same time, life expectancy is increasing; in fact, it has more than doubled since the end of the 19th century. Today, more than a quarter of people in Germany are aged 60 and over. Germany is one of the countries in the EU where the stage of demographic change has advanced the most.

Even though health problems increase in old age, in line with expectations, the majority of senior citizens in Germany aged 65 and over feel fit. Less than 25% say their health is impaired to such an extent that they are unable to pursue their normal routines. In all EU countries, there is a strong correlation between education and income on the one hand and the state of health on the other. More information is contained in the new edition of the brochure "Older people in Germany and the EU", which provides insight into the living conditions of older persons. The data on demography, participation in economic life, the financial situation, health and many other areas are supplemented by many comparisons across the EU.

Key figures

Population31.12.201582.2 mn
Persons in employment3rd Quarter 201643.7 mn
Economic growth (GDP)3rd Quarter 20160.2%
Inflation rateOctober 20160.8%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20150.7%
Public debt201571.2%

Europe in figures

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Europe in figures features the wide range of data offered by the European statistical office (Eurostat) and enables comparisons between the EU Member States.

IARIW conference

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From 21 to 27 August 2016 the 34th IARIW General Conference took place in Dresden.

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