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Press release 403 / 2018-10-18: Wholesale prices in September 2018: +3.5% on September 2017

Wholesale selling prices, September 2018
+0.4% on the previous month
+3.5% on the same month a year earlier

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office, the selling prices in wholesale trade increased by 3.5% in September 2018 from the corresponding month of the preceding year. In August 2018 and in July 2018 the annual rates of change were +3.8% and +3.6%, respectively.
From August 2018 to September 2018 the index rose by 0.4%.

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Press release 404 / 2018-10-18: Life expectancy nearly unchanged in 2015/2017

According to the results of the current life table for 2015/2017, the life expectancy of newborn boys is 78 years and 4 months and that of newborn girls is 83 years and 2 months. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the life expectancy of newborns changed only very slightly compared with the previous life table for 2014/2016.

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Press release 405 / 2018-10-18: 5.1 Million Persons employed by Enterprises in the German Crafts Sector in 2016

In 2016 a total of 554,000 enterprises active in the German crafts sector employed 5.1 million persons. Almost 3.8 million of them were employed subject to social insurance contribution. Roughly 722,000 were employed in marginal employment. As the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) further reports, these enterprises realised a turnover of about 551.5 billion Euros.

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Press release 406 / 2018-10-18: Increase of dwellings permitted from January – August 2018: 1.9%

Buildings permits for dwellings per month

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the construction of a total of 234,400 dwellings was permitted in Germany from January – August 2018. Compared with the corresponding period of 2017 this is an increase of 1.9% or 4,500 dwellings.

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Press release 407 / 2018-10-18: Half of the 65-plus generation surf the internet

50% of those aged 65 or over surfed the internet in Germany in the first quarter of 2017. In the context of presenting the Statistical Yearbook 2018 on 18 October in Berlin, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the proportion of internet users in the 65-plus generation rose continuously (2007: 19%; 2012: 32%). 91% of the internet users at retirement age sent and received e-mails - the percentage is similar to that of younger internet surfers. However, they were reluctant to use other forms of digital communication. Just 21% of them were active on social networks. Searching for information on goods and services (86%) and using travel-related services (64%) were more popular among older internet users.

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Federal Constitutional Court declares 2011 Census constitutional

On 19 September 2018 the Federal Constitutional Court delivered its judgment on the constitutionality of the 2011 Census Act and the related Sample Ordinance. The Court ruled that the Act is constitutional. The statistical offices of the Federation and the Länder will analyse the judgment thoroughly and continue with the preparatory work for the 2021 Census.

The 2011 Census was held in Germany to determine the official size of the population and obtain further detailed population, employment and housing stock data. The official size of the population in Germany provided by the 2011 Census is of great importance for the political sphere, administration and the business community. It serves as a basis for continuous population statistics, fiscal equalisation schemes among the Länder and among municipalities, and the delimitation of constituency boundaries, to mention but a few.

Brexit Monitor: Interactive charts on the UK and its pending exit from the European Union

In March 2017, following the Brexit referendum, the British Government formally initiated the process which will ultimately lead to the country's departure from the European Union. It is currently difficult to predict the precise consequences, but the Brexit decision and the departure from the EU is expected to impact on the economy, foreign trade, the labour market and migration. Our Brexit Monitor looks at the development in the United Kingdom using selected socio-economic indicators. Since the country is linked in a number of ways with the other EU states, the interactive charts also present the development in Germany and in the EU as a whole.

Current WISTA edition: Impact of minimum wage on the structure of earnings

The introduction of the minimum wage in 2015 has had a sustainable effect on the German labour market. Have the introduction and the first increase in the minimum wage also impacted on the structure of earnings?

This is what Kathrin Kann examines in her article on Impact of minimum wage on the structure of earnings in the 5/2018 issue of our WISTA scientific journal. She uses the results of the structure of earnings survey of 2014 and of voluntary earnings surveys taken in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The results show that the minimum wage has had an impact especially at the bottom end of the distribution of earnings. The first effect was a shift of lower-paid jobs towards the minimum wage of 8.50 euros (gross) per hour worked. After the first minimum wage increase in January 2017, to 8.84 euros, hourly earnings continued to move towards higher hourly pay.

Key figures

Population31.03.201882.8 mn
Persons in employment2nd Quarter 201844.8 mn
Economic growth (GDP)2nd Quarter 20180.5%
Inflation rate (CPI)September 20182.3%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20171.0%
Public debt201764.1%

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