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Enterprises and households

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The economic activities of enterprises and households are included in various sets of statistics.

The range of data includes monthly figures on manufacturing output, which is at the centre of Germany's economy. Leading indicators, such as monthly orders received in the industrial and construction sectors, are given, as well as data on the number of building permits granted for structural engineering work. Data on sales statistics are provided not just for the goods-producing sectors, but also for the retail trade sector, which partially reflects household consumption. The labour cost index shows developments in employer expenditure per hour worked. Growth in gross wages and salaries per hour is presented separately. The price statistics data track the path taken from the import, via the domestic sale of manufactured goods, right through to consumer prices, whereby the recorded rate of change on the year is generally used as a measure of inflation.

The section corporate financial statement statistics based on separate financial statements provides data on the balance sheets and profit and loss statements of legally independent non-financial German enterprises in the form of extrapolated series, but also as non-extrapolated ratios. The consolidated financial statement statistics contain half-yearly data on the net assets, financial position and results of operations of groups admitted to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange's Prime Standard segment, as reflected in globally consolidated financial statements prepared according to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Employment and labour market data round off the information provided.

Seasonally adjusted figures have proven a useful tool for conducting economic analyses. Information on the methods employed can be found can be found here.