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Press release 259 / 2018-07-13: Wholesale prices in June 2018: +3.4% on June 2017

Indices of selling prices in wholesale trade

Wholesale selling prices, June 2018
• +0.5% on the previous month
• +3.4% on the same month a year earlier

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office, the selling prices in wholesale trade increased by 3.4% in June 2018 from the corresponding month of the preceding year. In May 2018 and in April 2018 the annual rates of change were +2.9% and +1.4%, respectively.
From May 2018 to June 2018 the index rose by 0.5%.

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Press release 260 / 2018-07-13: Unused labour supply in 2017: 5.1 million people want to work (more)

In 2017, just under 5.1 million people aged 15 to 74 years wanted to have a job or to work more hours, according to results of the labour force survey. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that their number fell by 373,000 (–6.9%) compared with the previous year.

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Press release 261 / 2018-07-13: New statistical country profiles of the World Cup finalists France and Croatia

The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) has published new country profiles of France and Croatia. Currently, France (65.2 million inhabitants) is the third largest country of the European Union after Germany and the United Kingdom. According to the United Nations projections (medium variant), the number of inhabitants of France is expected to increase by 8% to 70.6 million by 2050. Factors contributing to this development are annual surpluses of births and immigration.

More : New statistical country profiles of the World Cup finalists France and Croatia …

Press release 262 / 2018-07-13: More deaths and fewer births in 2017

In 2017, the number of live births in Germany was 785,000. Based on provisional figures, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was a decline of 7,000 newborn children, or 0.9%, compared with 2016 (792,000).

More : More deaths and fewer births in 2017 …

Noticeable price changes in June

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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 / 2018-07-11

More new dwellings in multi-family houses

In 2017, 245,000 dwellings in newly constructed residential buildings were completed in Germany. That was an increase of approximately 10,000 dwellings, or 4%, compared with the previous year. Half of the newly constructed dwellings were in multi-family houses. Their number has steadily increased in the last years, while the construction of new single-family and two-family houses has stagnated for several years.

In most cases, the builders of the new dwellings completed in 2017 were private households (50%) and housing companies (37%). Only 4% of the dwellings were commissioned by public-sector builders.

The average purchase value of one square metre of developed building land in residential areas increased by 21% in Germany between 2010 and 2016. A comparison of the 2016 figures for the Länder reveals that the prices per square metre were highest in the city states of Hamburg and Berlin at 586 euros and 393 euros, respectively.

More information can be found under Construction, Construction prices and real property prices and in our interactive map "So wohnt Deutschland" (only in German).

IN FOCUS / 2018-06-14

World Cup 2018: Statistics on the participating countries

The World Cup – the international football competition contested by the senior men's FIFA national teams – has kicked off on the 14th June. 32 teams are aiming to win the title over the course of the next weeks. The smallest participating country is Iceland, with slightly more than 330 000 inhabitants. The largest country taking part is Brazil, with a population of over 207 million people.

If you look at the number of men each country has to offer within the classic football age bracket (15- to 34-year-olds), Brazil is in a good position: In 2017, approximately 35 million men aged 15 to 34 lived here. In Germany, the corresponding figure for 2017 was just 9.7 million. So far, Brazil has won the cup five times, whilst Germany was successful on four occasions. But of course past competitions show that population figures are not exactly the decisive factor in this context: Spain won the World Cup in 2010 with only 4.8 million men in the key age group.

Our special World Cup feature offers a direct head-to-head comparison of all participating countries in terms of economy, population, labour, sport and communication. And the data include a few surprises: Costa Rica, for instance, is top of the league in terms of mobile phone contracts per inhabitants. If it space to kick a ball you are looking for, then Australia and Iceland are the countries with the best conditions: Population density amounts to just 3 inhabitants per square kilometer compared to 526 in Korea. You also have the opportunity directly compare two countries competing in a match.

Key figures

Population30.09.201782.7 mn
Persons in employment1st Quarter 201844.3 mn
Economic growth (GDP)1st Quarter 20180.3%
Inflation rate (CPI)June 20182.1%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20171.2%
Public debt201764.1%

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Our special 2018 FIFA World Cup page compares the economy, population, sport, labour market and communication of a participating country with those of its competitors.

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