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Press release 329 / 2017-09-19: 0.8% more start-ups of larger businesses in the first half of 2017

In the first half of 2017, some 67,000 businesses were started whose legal form and number of employees suggest some economic importance. Based on an evaluation of business notifications, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was an increase of 0.8% compared with the first half of 2016. 

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Noticeable price changes in August

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IN FOCUS / 2017-08-28

2017 apple yield down by half year on year

Due to the extreme weather conditions, the fruit yield in Germany will probably be much smaller in 2017 than in earlier years. According to a first estimate, apple growers expect to harvest approximately 552,000 tonnes of apples. This is a decline of 47% compared with 2016.

Losses will be greatest for apple growers in Baden-Württemberg (-65%), which is followed by Sachsen-Anhalt and Nordrhein-Westfalen with a decline of 59% each. Harvest losses are expected to be smallest in Hamburg, here the estimated decline in yield is 19%.

The adverse weather conditions have also affected other types of fruit: yields of sweet cherries (-43%), sour cherries (-48%), plums/damsons (-47%) and mirabelle plums/greengages (-51%) are expected to fall considerably on the preceding year.

IN FOCUS / 2017-08-21

68% of the commuter in Germany use the car to get to work

Millions of people in Germany commute from home to work every day. The car is their main means of transport: in 2016, 68% of the commuter used a passenger car to travel to work. In 2000, this proportion was only slightly less at 67%.

Approximately 14% of the people in employment regularly used public means of transport to get to work. This percentage, too, increased by one percentage point compared with 2000.

The majority of people in employment (70%) needed less than 30 minutes to travel to work every day. 22% had a commute of between 30 and 60 minutes, while 5% of the commuter needed one hour or more to get to work. Due to changing places of work, 3% of the people in employment could not give precise information on their commuting time.

Key figures

Population31.03.201682.3 mn
Persons in employment2nd Quarter 201744.2 mn
Economic growth (GDP)2nd Quarter 20170.6%
Inflation rateAugust 20171.8%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20160.8%
Public debt201668.3%

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