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Press release 062 / 2019-02-21: Consumer prices in January 2019: +1.4% on January 2018

Consumer price index, January 2019
+1.4% on the same month a year earlier (provisional result confirmed)
-0.8% on the previous month (provisional result confirmed)

Harmonised index of consumer prices, January 2019
+1.7% on the same month a year earlier (provisional result confirmed)
-1.0% on the previous month (provisional result confirmed)

Consumer prices in Germany were 1.4% higher in January 2019 than in January 2018. The inflation rate – measured by the consumer price index – thus decreased (December 2018: +1.6%). Compared with December 2018, the consumer price index fell markedly by 0.8% in January 2019.

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Press release 063 / 2019-02-21: Expenditure on public schools in 2016: 7,100 euros per pupil

The per-pupil amount spent on education in public schools from the public budgets averaged 7,100 euros in 2016. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was an increase of roughly 200 euros on a year earlier.

More : Expenditure on public schools in 2016: 7,100 euros per pupil …

IN FOCUS / 2019-01-08

Tax declaration: average refund of 974 euros

There is still time until 31 July - but many taxpayers prefer doing their income tax declaration early in the year.

In 2014, there were roughly 24.1 million taxpayers in Germany who were subject to unlimited tax liability and received income exclusively from dependent employment and possibly from capital.

13.3 million of these taxpayers were assessed for income tax; 11.6 million of them received a tax refund.The average refund was 974 euros. Very often, the amount refunded was between 100 and 1,000 euros (59%). For 9% of those concerned, the refund was less than 100 euros. In 1% of the cases, the local tax offices refunded amounts of over 5,000 euros.

1.5 million taxpayers had to make additional payments to the local tax office, with the average amount being 10,020 euros. Just like the tax refunds, the additional payments of taxes were most often between 100 and 1,000 euros (55%). 25% of the taxpayers had to pay small amounts of less than 100 euros. Only 3% of the taxpayers were affected by large amounts of over 5,000 euros.

Current WISTA edition: connection between truck mileage and industrial production

The Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG) has developed the truck toll mileage index based on the data from truck toll collection. Can this index complement the short-term economic statistics of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) and, especially, can it illustrate a connection between mileage and industrial production?

To examine this question, the BAG and Destatis carried out a cooperation project whose results are described in the article Digitale Prozessdaten aus der Lkw-Mauterhebung – neuer Baustein der amtlichen Konjunkturstatistiken published in the 6/2018 edition of our WISTA scientific journal. Since mid-December 2018, the truck toll mileage index has been published on the Destatis website as an unadjusted value, in a seasonally adjusted form and as a trend. At the same time, it has been integrated in the Business Cycle Monitor.

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