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Press release 016 / 2018-01-16: Consumer prices in 2017: +1.8% on the previous year

Inflation rate

Consumer prices in Germany rose by 1.8% on an annual average in 2017 compared with 2016. The increase was above the relevant levels of the past four years. Between 2014 and 2016, the year-on-year-rates of price increase were even below one percent each. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the inflation rates as measured by the consumer price index ranged between +1.5% and +2.2% in the individual months of 2017. In December 2017, the inflation rate stood at +1.7%. 

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Noticeable price changes in December

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Get an overview of the most noticeable price changes for selected goods and services.

If you want to know how the prices of all product groups have developed please refer to our price kaleidoscope.

If you want to know by how much your personal inflation rate differs from the official one, just test our "personal inflation calculator".

Press release 017 / 2018-01-16: Wholesale prices in 2017: 3.5% on 2016

In 2017 the average index of selling prices in wholesale trade was 3.5% higher than the average index of 2016, as reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis).

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Press release 018 / 2018-01-16: Turnover in accommodation and food service activities in November 2017 in real terms: +1.1% to November 2016

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), turnover in the German accommodation and food service activities in November 2017 increased by 1.1% in real terms and by 3.1% in nominal terms compared with the corresponding month of the previous year.

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Press release 019 / 2018-01-16: Germany's population stood at 82.5 million at the end of 2016

The number of inhabitants of Germany has returned to an upward trend since 2012, which is due to the above-average migration surpluses. Based on an estimate, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) currently expects that roughly 82.8 million people lived here at the end of 2016. At the end of 2015, the figure had been 82.2 million people. This means that the all-time high of just over 82.5 million people reached at the end of 2002 would have been exceeded at the end of 2016.

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Current WISTA edition: Family formation and expansion

The number of families in Germany has declined significantly in the last 25 years. However, this is not indicative of changes in the family formation behaviour or the propensity to expand an existing family. Using microcensus data as a basis, Tim Hochgürtel looks at groups of persons (cohorts) over time in his article on Cross-cohort comparison of family formation and expansion published in the 6/2017 issue of our scientific journal WISTA in order to gain insights into these developments.

Actually, the findings show that the proportion of single mothers in their thirties and forties has increased notably. Nevertheless there are fewer changes regarding family formation and expansion than the declining number of families would suggest.

Annual Report 2016 has been published

Do figures take on a greater importance in a "post-factual" age? This is the subject Professor Klaus Töpfer, retired Federal Minister and sustainability expert, discusses in the Annual Report 2016. In an interview on "sustainable communication" he makes important suggestions on how people can be reached more effectively by facts.

Uta Meier-Gräwe, Professor of Household and Family Sciences, gives an insight into the subject of time use studies in the Annual Report. This interview centres on unpaid work done in households.

Other subjects the Annual Report 2016 deals with are new digital data, register use and the development of geo-referenced data and applications in official statistics. And then there is information about the Federal Statistical Office itself: on the number of staff, budget funds available and skills development.

Key figures

Population31.12.201682.5 mn
Persons in employment201744.3 mn
Economic growth (GDP)20172.2%
Inflation rateDecember 20171.7%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20171.2%
Public debt201668.1%

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.

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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