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18.12.2014 09:15  - FSO, Environment, Sustainable Development, Territory (0353-1411-10)
New statistical definition of agglomerations and urban areas 2012
5.9 million people live in agglomerations

Neuchâtel, 18.12.2014 (FSO) – 73% of Switzerland's inhabitants live in agglomerations which consist of core cities and peripheral communes. This value is calculated on the basis of a new statistical definition for areas with urban character developed by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO). The new method means it is possible to better depict urbanisation in Switzerland in statistical terms.

18.12.2014 09:15  - FSO, Prices (0353-1412-70)
Swiss construction output price index in October 2014
Prices remain almost unchanged in construction

Neuchâtel, 18.12.2014 (FSO) – According to the construction price index compiled by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), construction prices remained practically unchanged between April and October 2014 (-0.1%). This stability is the result of two opposing trends: a slight decline in building prices (-0.3%) and a marginal increase in civil engineering prices (+0.6%). The outlook for 2015 of a lower work volume mainly in the construction of dwellings incites enterprises not to change their prices in order to secure contracts. In year-on-year comparison, construction registered a price decrease of -0.3% (-0.3% in building and -0.3% in civil engineering).

16.12.2014 09:15  - FSO, Social Assistance (0353-1412-60)
Swiss Social Assistance Statistics 2013: National results
Slight increase in social assistance rate

Neuchâtel, 16.12.2014 (FSO) – In 2013, 257,192 people in Switzerland received financial social assistance. The social assistance rate rose in comparison with the previous year by 0.1 percentage points and amounted to 3.2% of the population. Children and young people continue to be at greatest risk of needing social assistance. The social assistance risk of people over 45 has been increasing since 2005. These are some of the findings from the Swiss Social Assistance Statistics from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

16.12.2014 09:15  - FSO, Economic structure and analyses (0353-1412-50)
Internet use in households in Switzerland 2014
Social networks, not just for teenagers

Neuchâtel, 16.12.2014 (FSO) – According to the results from the Federal Statistical Office's latest survey on internet use in households, 84% of Switzerland's adult population used the internet in the first quarter of 2014. Participation in social networks is one of the activities that has grown the most since the last survey in 2010. Social networks are popular not only among young people: almost half of internet users aged between 35 and 44 are also active on these networks.

15.12.2014 09:15  - FSO, Strategic Support (0353-1412-40)
Indicator system for the measurement of well-being 2014
Material and non-material well-being at a good level

Neuchâtel, 15.12.2014 (BFS) – The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) is publishing for the first time a multi-thematic indicator system to measure well-being. For this purpose, information on the creation, distribution and preservation of well-being has been compiled from various statistical sources. The social, economic and environmental dimensions of well-being are at the centre of the system which examines both material and non-material aspects. In summary, the indicator system shows that the level of material and non-material well-being in Switzerland is good and that its subjective assessment is also positive. But not all population groups enjoy well-being to the same extent.

15.12.2014 09:15  - FSO, Prices (0353-1412-30)
Producer and Import Price Index in November 2014
Falling index due to lower prices for petroleum and pharmaceutical products

Neuchâtel, 15.12.2014 (FSO) – The Producer and Import Price Index calculated by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) fell by 0.7% in November 2014 compared with the previous month, reaching 96.5 points (base December 2010 = 100). The decline for both domestic and imported products amounted to 0.7%. This was primarily attributable to lower prices for petroleum and petroleum products as well as for pharmaceutical products which are collected on a quarterly basis. The price level of the whole range of domestic and imported products dropped by 1.6% year-on-year.

08.12.2014 09:15  - FSO, Prices (0353-1412-00)
Swiss Consumer Price Index in November 2014
Index level unchanged

Neuchâtel, 08.12.2014 (FSO) – The Swiss Consumer Price Index calculated by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) remained unchanged in November 2014 at 99.1 points (December 2010=100). Compared with the same month in the previous year, the inflation rate was -0.1%, compared with annualised rates of 0.0% in October 2014 and of +0.1% in November 2013.

08.12.2014 09:15  - FSO, Economic Surveys (0353-1412-10)
Retail trade turnover growth in October 2014
Real turnover growth of 0.3%

Neuchâtel, 08.12.2014 (FSO) – According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), real turnover in the retail sector adjusted for sales days and holidays rose by 0.3% in October 2014 compared with October 2013 (in nominal terms -0.5%). Real, seasonally adjusted turnover in the retail sector remained stable in October 2014 compared with September 2014 (in nominal terms -0.2%).

05.12.2014 09:15  - FSO, Tourism (0353-1411-90)
Statistics on tourist accommodation in October and during summer season 2014
Increase in overnight stays in October and during the summer season

Neuchâtel, 05.12.2014 (FSO) – According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the Swiss hotel industry registered 2.8 million overnight stays in October 2014, which corresponds to a strong growth of 5.3% (+141,000 overnight stays) compared with October 2013. Domestic visitors recorded 1.4 million overnight stays, representing an increase of 6.3% (+81,000 overnight stays). Foreign demand registered 1.4 million overnight stays, i.e. an increase of 4.4% (+60,000 overnight stays). During the summer tourist season (May to October), 20.1 million overnight stays were generated, i.e. an increase of 0.7% (+146,000 units) compared with the summer season 2013.

04.12.2014 09:15  - FSO, Economic Surveys (0353-1411-80)
Construction Industry Production, Orders and Turnover Statistics in 3rd quarter 2014
Increased production in Swiss construction sector

Neuchâtel, 04.12.2014 (FSO) – According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), production in the construction sector rose by 0.5% in 3rd quarter 2014 compared with the previous year, turnover increased by 0.6%.

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