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Press release 284 / 2017-08-18: Producer prices in July 2017: +2.3% on July 2016

Producer Price Index

In July 2017 the index of producer prices for industrial products rose by 2.3% compared with the corresponding month of the preceding year. In June 2017 the annual rate of change all over had been 2.4%, as reported by the Federal Statistical Office.

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Press release 285 / 2017-08-18: Turnover in accommodation and food service activities in the first half year 2017 in real terms: +0.3% to 2016

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), turnover in the German accommodation and food service activities in the first half year 2017 increased by 0.3% in real terms and by 2.2% in nominal terms compared with the corresponding six months of the previous year.

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Press release 286 / 2017-08-18: Cereals account for more than 50% of organic farming

In 2016, the area cultivated with organic cereals was 243,000 hectares, which was more than half (51%) of the total arable area managed organically. Based on results of the farm structure survey, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the proportion of organic wheat production was the largest (37%; area: 90,500 hectares). Plants harvested green ranked second in organic farming (149,500 hectares), with legumes (for instance clover, lucerne) accounting for the largest part of the area (59%; 88,800 hectares). The 2016 farm structure survey for the first time collected detailed data on organic cropping and organic livestock breeding.

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IN FOCUS / 2017-08-17

Trade with Venezuela down 73% since 2011

Venezuela is suffering a severe political and economic crisis which also affects the country's foreign trade. However, the South American country plays a minor role in Germany's foreign trade activity. In 2016, exports to Venezuela amounted to 251 million euros and imports from there to 143 million euros. Venezuela ranked far behind other South American trade partners such as Brazil or Argentina.

In recent years, both exports to and imports from Venezuela have suffered a strong decline. Compared with 2011, foreign trade turnover decreased by 73% in 2016. The development was very similar regarding the major trading goods. For instance, exports of machinery and equipment, which are the most important export goods, declined from 226 million euros in 2011 to 76 million euros in 2016 (-66%).

Regarding imports from Venezuela, mineral fuels (crude oil) were the most important import goods. However, the value of imported fuels, too, has declined markedly over the past five years. It decreased from 564 million euros in 2011 to 96 million euros in 2016 ( 83%).

IN FOCUS / 2017-08-17

School children and traffic: boys more often harmed in accidents than girls

School has started again after the summer holidays in most German Länder. Therefore, car drivers ought to watch out especially for school children. In 2016, approximately 22,400 children aged 6 to 14 years were harmed in traffic accidents in Germany, 34 were killed. This means that, on average, every 24 minutes a child of that age group was harmed in road traffic.

6 to 14-year-old children rather often had accidents when on their bikes (39% of all accidents). Another 32% were harmed while in a passenger car, 24% while on foot. The risk of being involved in a accident was notably higher for boys than for girls. 67% of the children harmed while cycling were boys, as were 56% of the children who were walking. The reasons may be that boys are out on the roads more often and that they are more ready to take risks.

In 2016, many of the 6 to 14-year-olds on bikes or on foot were harmed at times when they would be on their way to school. In terms of the casualties of the entire day, 16% of these children were injured or killed in the morning between 7 and 8 o'clock.

IN FOCUS / 2017-08-09

Roughly 5 billion eggs were imported from the Netherlands in 2016

Millions of eggs contaminated by the insecticide Fipronil have reached the shops in Germany. The majority of these eggs came from poultry farms in the Netherlands and in Belgium. Some German farms were affected, too.

In Germany, a total of roughly 12 billion eggs were produced in 2016. Most of these eggs (63%) were barn eggs. Of the remaining eggs, 18% were free range, 8% came from small group housing systems and 10% were organic eggs.

To meet the daily demand for eggs, Germany imported roughly 7.0 billion eggs in 2016; 2.2 billion eggs were exported. Accounting for approximately 5 billion eggs, the Netherlands were by far the most important supplier country. Germany imported roughly 225 million eggs from Belgium

Key figures

Population31.12.201582.2 mn
Persons in employment2nd Quarter 201744.2 mn
Economic growth (GDP)2nd Quarter 20170.6%
Inflation rateJuly 20171.7%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20160.8%
Public debt201668.3%

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