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Press release 021 / 2019-01-17: Manufacturing in November 2018: unfilled orders up a seasonally adjusted 1.1% on the previous month

Index of unfilled orders in manufacturing, 2015=100, seasonally adjusted

Based on provisional data, the price adjusted stock of orders in manufacturing in November 2018 rose a seasonally and calendar adjusted 1.1% on the previous month, as reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). The domestic orders not yet completed increased 0.8% on the previous month, the stock of foreign orders rose 1.3%. The stock of orders comprises the total of new orders received by the end of the reference month which have not led to any turnover and have not been cancelled by that time.

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Press release 022 / 2019-01-17: Flights during the summer of 2018: 2.7 million more air passengers travelled abroad compared with the previous year

A total of 66.2 million air passengers travelled from Germany to foreign countries during the summer schedule from April to October 2018. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was an increase in passengers of just over 2.7 million, or 4.3%, compared with the summer schedule of 2017. However, domestic air travel declined by 2.3%. The number of boarded passengers in air transport as a whole increased by 3.0% to 80.5 million during the summer of 2018. In the summer of 2017, the number of air passengers had amounted to 78.1 million.

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Press release 023 / 2019-01-17: Increase of dwellings permitted from January – November 2018: 0.5%

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the construction of a total of 315,200 dwellings was permitted in Germany from January – November 2018. Compared with the corresponding period of 2017 this is an increase of 0.5% or 1,600 dwellings.

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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.

Key figures

Population30.06.201882.9 mn
Persons in employment201844.8 mn
Economic growth (GDP)20181.5%
Inflation rate (CPI)December 20181.7%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20181.7%
Public debt201764.1%

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