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Press release 147 / 2018-04-24: Investments in noise protection at record high in 2016

In 2016, enterprises in industry (excluding construction) invested 133.5 million euros in tangible fixed assets for noise and vibration protection in Germany, according to provisional results. To coincide with the International Noise Awareness Day on 25 April, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that investments in noise protection have increased almost continuously in the past few years and reached a new record high in 2016.

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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 employment4th Quarter 201744.7 mn
Economic growth (GDP)4th Quarter 20170.6%
Inflation rate (CPI)March 20181.6%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20171.3%
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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