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Press release 304 / 2018-08-16: Decrease of dwellings permitted from January – June 2018: 0.6%

Buildings permits for dwellings per month

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the construction of a total of 139,600 dwellings was permitted in Germany from January – May 2018. Compared with the corresponding period of 2017 this is an increase of 1.8% or 2,500 dwellings.

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Press release 305 / 2018-08-16: Wholesale prices in July 2018: +3.5% on July 2017

Indices of selling prices in wholesale trade

Wholesale selling prices, July 2018
• 0.0% on the previous month
• +3.5% on the same month a year earlier

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office, the selling prices in wholesale trade increased by 3.5% in July 2018 from the corresponding month of the preceding year. In June 2018 and in May 2018 the annual rates of change were +3.4% and +2.9%, respectively.
From June 2018 to July 2018 the index did not change.

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Press release 306 / 2018-08-16: Turnover in accommodation and food service activities in the first half year 2018 in real terms: + 0.3% to 2017

Turnover in accommodation and food service

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), turnover in the German accommodation and food service activities in the first half year 2018 increased by 0.3% in real terms and by 2.5% in nominal terms compared with the corresponding six months of the previous year.

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Press release 307 / 2018-08-16: Roughly 250,000 persons employed in environmental protection in 2016

In 2016, there were 251,222 persons (measured in full-time equivalents) employed in the production of goods, services and construction operations for environmental protection in Germany. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that environmental protection thus is a major factor for the labour market.

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Noticeable price changes in July

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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 / 2018-07-25

Riesling: the Germans’ favourite wine

As every year, traditional wine festivals will soon be celebrated in many German wine-growing regions. There is one variety which will probably be offered everywhere despite the regional differences: weißer Riesling.

It still is the most widely grown vine variety in Germany. In 2017 it accounted for almost one quarter of the total area under vines, that is nearly 23,800 hectares or 23%. The wine region with the largest area under Riesling vines was the Pfalz (5,900 hectares), followed by the Mosel region (5,400 hectares) and Rheinhessen (4,600 hectares).

Ranking second among the most popular varieties in Germany was Müller-Thurgau with a cultivated area of 12,400 hectares. However, that area is getting smaller (– 226 hectares since 2016), while the area under Riesling vines has grown by 109 hectares compared with 2016.

Current WISTA edition: adjusted gender pay gap calculated for the first time by Land

Differences in earnings between men and women in Germany are generally measured through two indicators: the unadjusted gender pay gap compares the average earnings of all female and male employees.

The adjusted gender pay gap measures the earnings gap of men and women with comparable qualifications, jobs and working lives. In his article on Pay gap between men and women, by Land in the edition 4/2018 of our WISTA scientific journal, Martin Beck for the first time presents results on the adjusted gender pay gap by Land. Also, he explains how such results are obtained. It turns out that the Land results regarding the adjusted gender pay gap 2014 are between 4.4% in Schleswig-Holstein and 9.3% in Brandenburg. They are markedly lower than the unadjusted pay gap, and their dispersion is much lower, too.

Key figures

Population30.09.201782.7 mn
Persons in employment2nd Quarter 201844.8 mn
Economic growth (GDP)2nd Quarter 20180.5%
Inflation rate (CPI)July 20182.0%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20171.2%
Public debt201764.1%

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