Neuchâtel, 27.10.2014 (FSO) – The average disposable income of households in Switzerland was CHF 7112 per month in 2012. A large proportion of disposable income was spent on consumption: the approximate CHF 1500 expended on housing and energy was the largest component of the household budget. These are findings from the Household Budget Survey 2012 from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
Neuchâtel, 24.10.2014 (FSO) – The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) has appointed four new executives. Catherine Duttweiler is Head of Communication and member of the executive board and will take up her new position on 1 December 2014. The other three executives are Marco D'Angelo, Livio Lugano and Florian Montandon. The appointments are the consequence of two retirements, an internal change and a departure.
Neuchâtel, 16.10.2014 (FSO) – The proportion of physically active people has risen in the past 10 years. In 2012 almost three out of four people were sufficiently physically active and more than half took part in sport at least once a week. People taking regular exercise not only feel better but are also less likely to suffer from chronic disease such as diabetes or high blood pressure. These are findings from the "Swiss Health Survey", conducted in 2012 for the fifth time by the Federal Statistical Office.
Neuchâtel, 14.10.2014 (FSO) – The Producer and Import Price Index calculated by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) fell in September 2014 by 0.1% compared with the previous month. While the Producer Price Index remained, on average, unchanged, the Import Price Index fell by 0.2%, with petrol and natural gas in particular showing lower prices. The price level of the whole range of domestic and imported products dropped by 1.4% year-on-year. The index stands at 97.3 points (base December 2010 = 100).
Neuchâtel, 07.10.2014 (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 1.9% in August 2014 compared with August 2013 (in nominal terms +1.2%). Real and nominal, seasonally adjusted turnover in the retail sector rose by 2.3% in August 2014 compared with July 2014.
Neuchâtel, 07.10.2014 (FSO) – The Swiss Consumer Price Index calculated by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) registered an increase of 0.1% in September 2014 and reached 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 +0.1% in August 2014 and of -0.1% in September 2013.
Neuchâtel, 06.10.2014 (FSO) – According to initial estimates, income in the Swiss agricultural sector increased by 12.2% in 2014 compared with the previous year, despite a cool and rainy summer. More harvests and greater milk production were the main reasons for this strong growth. These findings are based on the economic accounts for agriculture compiled by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
Neuchâtel, 03.10.2014 (FSO) – According to the latest results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the social partners signatory to the main collective labour agreements (CLA) have agreed a nominal rise in real wages of 0.8% for 2014, of which 0.3% is to be awarded collectively and 0.5% at individual level. Minimum wages were increased by 0.7%. Roughly 1,178,800 employees were affected by the wage negotiations – half a million of them within the framework of an extended collective labour agreement.
Neuchâtel, 03.10.2014 (FSO) – According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the Swiss hotel industry registered 4.2 million overnight stays in August 2014, which corresponds to a growth of 2.0% (+83,000 overnight stays) compared with August 2013. Foreign visitors recorded 2.5 million overnight stays, representing an increase of 4.3% (+104,000 overnight stays). Domestic visitors generated 1.7 million overnight stays, i.e. a decline of 1.2% (-21,000 overnight stays). The heavy rain as well as unseasonable weather in August could explain the results posted by Swiss visitors.
Neuchâtel, 02.10.2014 (FSO) – According to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), average labour costs in Switzerland in 2012 amounted to CHF 61.30 per hour worked for the secondary and tertiary sectors taken together. Labour costs vary considerably from one branch to another and according to the size of the enterprise.