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17.07.2014 09:15  - FSO, Economic Surveys (0353-1406-80)
Investment in the construction sector in Switzerland 2013: temporary data
Building engineering projects cause construction expenditure to rise

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.

15.07.2014 09:15  - FSO, Prices (0353-1406-60)
Producer and Import Price Index in June 2014
Overall prices stable in comparison with previous month

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.

15.07.2014 09:15  - FSO, Social Analysis (0353-1406-70)
Poverty in Switzerland from 2007 to 2012: results of the Statistics on Income and Living Conditions Survey (SILC)
1 in 13 people in Switzerland were affected by income poverty in 2012

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.

08.07.2014 09:15  - FSO, Prices (0353-1406-30)
Swiss Consumer Price Index in June 2014
Prices fall by 0.1%

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.

08.07.2014 09:15  - FSO, Economic Surveys (0353-1406-10)
Retail trade turnover growth in May 2014
Real turnover decline of 0.6%

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%).

08.07.2014 09:15  - FSO, Economic structure and analyses (0353-1406-40)
Swiss research and development (R&D) in 2012
18.5 billion dedicated to Swiss R&D in 2012

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.

07.07.2014 09:15  - FSO, Tourism (0353-1406-20)
Tourism accommodation statistics in May 2014
Increase in overnight stays in May

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.

03.07.2014 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1406-00)
Natural population change 2013
More births and more deaths

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).

27.06.2014 09:15  - FSO, Health (0353-1405-90)
Equality for persons with disabilities: evolution 2007-2012
Persons with disabilities are better educated and trained but more exposed to the risk of poverty

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.

26.06.2014 09:15  - FSO, Social Analysis (0353-1405-80)
Means-tested social benefits 2012: financial statistics
Slower growth of expenditure

Neuchâtel, 26.06.2014 (FSO) – According to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), in 2012 expenditure on means-tested social benefits rose by 3.6% in nominal terms to CHF 12.7 billion. The previous year's increase was 5.8%. Approximately two thirds of spending went to health insurance premium reductions and supplementary benefits relating to the old-age and survivors/invalidity insurance (AHV/IV). Social assistance expenditure increased more considerably.

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