Neuchâtel, 29.07.2014 (FSO) – According to the latest results from the Federal Statistical Office, the number of agricultural holdings fell again in 2013 to 55,207 units (-2.4% compared with the previous year) whereas the utilised agricultural area remained stable (-0.1%). The number of people working in agriculture, employing mainly family members, declined by 1.9% compared with 2012. Animal production was characterised by a boom in the poultry sector, stability in the bovine livestock population and a decline in the number of pigs.
Neuchâtel, 17.07.2014 (FSO) – According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), construction expenditure in 2013 increased nominally year-on-year by 1.8% (real +1.2%) to CHF 63.1 billion. Compared with the previous year, investment in building engineering projects increased by 3.1% to CHF 47.3 billion, whereas investment in civil engineering projects fell by 0.9% to CHF 10.6 billion. Construction expenditure in public maintenance works fell by 3.6% to CHF 5.3 billion. The volume of orders for the subsequent year 2014 increased by 0.3% compared with 2013.
Neuchâtel, 15.07.2014 (FSO) – The Producer and Import Price Index calculated by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) remained unchanged overall in June 2014 compared with the previous month. However, differing trends could be observed to some extent among the individual product groups. Petroleum and metal products recorded increasing prices, whereas natural gas and products of carpentry and interior finishings were sold at lower prices. The index stands at 97.6 points (base December 2010 = 100). Year-on-year, a price decline of 0.8% was observed.
Neuchâtel, 15.07.2014 (FSO) – According to the latest findings from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), around 590,000 people in Switzerland were affected by income poverty in 2012. Just under 130,000 of these were employed. Lone parents, persons with a low level of education and persons in households that do not participate in the employment market are affected by poverty particularly often. Since 2007, the poverty rate has decreased by 1.6 percentage points.
Neuchâtel, 08.07.2014 (FSO) – The Swiss Consumer Price Index calculated by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) fell by 0.1% in June 2014 compared with the previous month, reaching 99.4 points (December 2010=100). Compared with the same month in the previous year, the inflation rate was 0.0%, compared with annualised rates of 0.2% in May 2014 and of -0.1% in June 2013.
Neuchâtel, 08.07.2014 (FSO) – According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), real turnover in the retail sector adjusted for sales days and holidays fell by 0.6% in May 2014 compared with May 2013 (in nominal terms -1.0%). Real, seasonally adjusted turnover in the retail sector fell by 1.0% in May 2014 compared with April 2014 (in nominal terms -0.8%).
Neuchâtel, 08.07.2014 (FSO) – According to estimates from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), Switzerland spent CHF 18.5 billion on research and development (R&D) activities in 2012. This represents an increase of CHF 2.2 billion (+14%) compared with 2008, the date of the previous survey. The role of the higher education sector is strengthened thanks to the continuing increase in its R&D expenditure. At the same time, international exchanges concerning R&D have intensified.
Neuchâtel, 07.07.2014 (FSO) – According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the Swiss hotel industry registered 2.6 million overnight stays in May 2014, which corresponds to a growth of 2.2% (+55,000 overnight stays) compared with May 2013. Domestic visitors generated 1.1 million overnight stays, representing an increase of 5.1% (+53,000 overnight stays). Foreign visitors generated 1.5 million overnight stays, i.e. a slight rise of 0.1% (+2100 overnight stays). In 2014, Whitsun fell in the month of June and in 2013 in May. Therefore the results for both May and June should be taken into account in order to neutralise the effect of Whitsun.
Neuchâtel, 03.07.2014 (FSO) – The year 2013 was marked by an increase in the number of births and deaths. The number of marriages declined and the number of divorces and registered same-sex partnerships remained stable. These are the definitive findings of the Vital Statistics for 2013 from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
Neuchâtel, 27.06.2014 (FSO) – Improved education and training but a deteriorating financial situation, while jobs, general life satisfaction and independent use of public transport stagnate. Ten years after the law on equality for persons with disabilities (LHand) came into force, the FSO is publishing the first available time series enabling the evolution of the situation of persons with disabilities between 2007 and 2012 to be measured.