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Press release 182 / 2018-05-24: Detailed gross domestic product results for the 1st quarter of 2018

Gross domestic product, 1st quarter of 2018
• +0.3% on the previous quarter (price, seasonally and calendar-adjusted)
• +1.6% on the same quarter a year earlier (price-adjusted)
• +2.3% on the same quarter a year earlier (price and calendar adjusted)

The German economy continued to grow also at the beginning of the year, though at a slower pace. As the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) already reported in its first release of 15 May 2018, the gross domestic product (GDP) increased 0.3% - upon price, seasonal and calendar adjustment - in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the fourth quarter of 2017. This is the 15th quarter-on-quarter growth in a row, contributing to the longest upswing phase since 1991. Last year, GDP growth rates were higher (+0.7% in the third quarter and +0.6% in the fourth quarter of 2017).

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Press release 183 / 2018-05-24: Dwellings completed in 2017: +2.6% on the previous year

Buildings permits for dwellings per year

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the construction of a total of 284,800 dwellings was completed in Germany during the year 2017. Compared with the year 2016, this is an increase of 2.6% or 7,100.

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Press release 184 / 2018-05-24: Number of traffic accident fatalities down 8.8% in March 2018

According to provisional results, 207 people died in road traffic accidents in Germany in March 2018. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was a decrease of 20 people, or 8.8%, on March 2017. The number of persons injured also declined in March 2018, by 19.2% to roughly 25,100, compared with the same month a year earlier.

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IN FOCUS / 2018-08-08

Father's Day causing accidents

Father's Day was on 10 May, and many will seize the opportunity to go on an outing, with a well-filled handcart, and enjoy the day. But you should think twice about using other vehicles. We have noticed for some years now that particularly high numbers of road traffic accidents under the influence of alcohol occur on specific days. It comes as no surprise that this includes Father's Day and 1 May – but it is nevertheless remarkable that our traffic accidents calendar shows such a clear pattern.

On Father's Day 2016, for instance, 291 alcohol-related accidents occurred – more than on both New Year's Day (271) and 1 May (224), and roughly three times as many as on a normal day. In recent years, the highest number of alcohol-related accidents on a Father's Day was recorded in 2008, when Father's Day coincided with Labour Day. The police registered 420 accidents under the influence of alcohol on that day.

Our traffic accidents calendar visualises the development of traffic accidents from 2006 onwards. It enables you to compare alcohol-related accidents, motorcycle accidents and accidents involving personal injury over the year.

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 employment1st Quarter 201844.3 mn
Economic growth (GDP)1st Quarter 20180.3%
Inflation rate (CPI)April 20181.6%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20171.2%
Public debt201764.1%

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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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