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Press release 142 / 2018-04-18: Manufacturing in February 2018: unfilled orders up a seasonally adjusted 1.0% on the previous month

Index of unfilled orders in manufacturing, 2015=100, seasonally adjusted

Based on provisional data, the price adjusted stock of orders in manufacturing in February 2018 rose a calendar and seasonally adjusted 1.0% on the previous month, as reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). The domestic orders not yet completed increased 0.3% on the previous month, the stock of foreign orders rose 1.3%. The stock of orders comprises the total of new orders received by the end of the reference month which have not led to any turnover and have not been cancelled by that time.

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Press release 143 / 2018-04-18: Overall satisfaction with public authorities - citizens and businesses see room for improvement regarding e-government

Citizens are largely satisfied with public authorities. This was the result of a survey conducted by the Federal Statistical Office in 2017 to determine satisfaction with public services. On a scale of –2 (very dissatisfied) to +2 (very satisfied), the aggregate rating was 1.07. This means that public authorities and offices were rated very similarly compared with 2015. The average rating of satisfaction was 1.06 then. Businesses, too, continue to be satisfied with public authorities. In 2017, the aggregate rating was 0.93, and it also remained stable (2015: 0.94). However, both citizens and businesses see room for improvement regarding the online services of public authorities (e-government).

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Noticeable price changes in March

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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".

Current WISTA edition: Dynamic pricing on the internet

Frequent online shoppers will notice that the prices of some products change within short time intervals. This type of price-setting behaviour is referred to as dynamic pricing. Roughly 10,000 online prices are collected for consumer price statistics each month. Is it still possible for consumer price statistics to capture the representative price development and to take into account dynamic pricing?

In their article on Dynamic pricing as a challenge for consumer price statistics, published in the 2/2018 issue of our WISTA scientific journal, Christian Blaudow and Florian Burg report on the results of a study conducted in 2017 to examine the price-setting behaviour of online shops. Using web scraping, a technique for the automated collection of online prices, the study monitored products included in the consumer price index sample. It was found that web scraping is a sensible and efficient method to expand online price collection in future and to help ensure the quality of consumer price statistics.

Key figures

Population30.06.201782.7 mn
Persons in employment4th Quarter 201744.7 mn
Economic growth (GDP)4th Quarter 20170.6%
Inflation rate (CPI)March 20181.6%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20171.1%
Public debt201668.1%

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2017 Bundestag election

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The election to the 19th German Bundestag was held on 24 September 2017. Information on the election is provided on the website of the Federal Returning Officer.

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