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Press release 108 / 2017-03-29: Import prices in February 2017: +7.4% on February 2016

Index of import prices

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the index of import prices increased by 7.4% in February 2017 compared with the corresponding month of the preceding year. This was the highest increase of a yearly rate of change since April 2011 (+7.6%). In January 2017 and in December 2016 the annual rates of change were
+6.0% and +3.5%, respectively. From January 2017 to February 2017 the index rose by 0.7%.

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Press release 109 / 2017-03-29: Start-ups of larger businesses up 1.2% in the year 2016

In the year 2016, roughly 126,000 businesses were started whose legal form and number of employees suggest that they have greater economic importance. Based on an evaluation of business notifications, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was an increase of 1.2% compared with the year 2015.

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IN FOCUS / 2017-03-27

Brexit: United Kingdom is a major trading partner

Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, intends to hand in the official notice triggering Britain's exit from the EU on 29 March. Because of that decision, Britain's trade relations with the EU will have to be re-negotiated.

In 2016, the United Kingdom ranked fifth among Germany's most important trading partners. Goods worth a total of 121.6 billion euros were traded between the two countries. The United Kingdom was only outranked in importance by the People's Republic of China, France, the United States and the Netherlands.

On the whole, Germany exported goods worth 86.1 billion euros to the United Kingdom in 2016. The most important export goods were motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (27.2 billion euros) as well as machinery (9.0 billion euros). The imports from the United Kingdom amounted to roughly 35.6 billion euros. The most important import goods were motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (6.0 billion euros) as well as chemicals and chemical products (4.2 billion euros).

For more information on the United Kingdom please go to "Europe in figures".

IN FOCUS / 2017-03-15

Equal Pay Day: gender pay gap at 21%

On the occasion of the Equal Pay Day on 18 March, special attention is drawn to the principle of equal pay for women and men. In 2016, the average gross hourly earnings of women (16.26 euros) were roughly 21% lower than those of men (20.71 euros).

Nearly three quarters of this unadjusted gender pay gap were attributable to structural differences. The main reasons were differences in the branches of activity and the occupations of women and men as well as unevenly distributed leadership and qualification-related job requirements. In addition, more women than men work part-time or are marginally employed.

The adjusted gender pay gap, as it is called, does not include that part of the pay gap which can be attributed to structural differences. In 2014, the nationwide adjusted gender pay gap was 6% (unadjusted pay gap in 2014: 22%). This means that the hourly earnings of women with a similar qualification and activity were 6% lower than those of men.

For more detailed information on the gender pay gap please refer to the pages on Earnings and earnings differences.

Current WISTA edition: Agricultural statistics are the basis for European agricultural policy

One of the main fields of activity of the EU has always been a common agricultural policy. Roughly 40% of the European Union budget is used to support farmers and rural regions. In this context, Germany will have received roughly 6.2 billion euros of subsidies per year by 2020. To control and enhance agricultural production, up-to-date data are needed on what agricultural products are produced by whom, where and with what production methods.

In the 1/2017 edition of our WISTA scientific journal, Dr. Wolfgang Hauschild, Tim Weber and Hermann Seewald present "das statistische Berichtssystem der Agrarstatistiken in Deutschland". They show how the large number of individual statistics are coordinated in terms of time, region and contents and how they are controlled through the central register of agricultural holdings.

Key figures

Population31.12.201582.2 mn
Persons in employment4th Quarter 201644.0 mn
Economic growth (GDP)4th Quarter 20160.4%
Inflation rateFebruary 20172.2%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20160.8%
Public debt201571.2%

Europe in figures

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Europe in figures features the wide range of data offered by the European statistical office (Eurostat) and enables comparisons between the EU Member States.

IARIW conference

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From 21 to 27 August 2016 the 34th IARIW General Conference took place in Dresden.

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