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Press release 310 / 2018-08-21: First six months of 2018: fatalities in road traffic down by 3.3%

Persons killed in road traffic accidents

1.474 people died in traffic accidents on German roads in the first six months of 2018. According to provisional results of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), this was a decrease of 51 people, or 3.3%, on the first half of 2017. The number of people injured dropped by 0.2% to roughly 185,200.

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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.

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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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