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Government debt slightly up to 86.8% of GDP in euro area

Friday, 20.7.2018 - 12:00
At the end of the first quarter of 2018, the government debt to GDP ratio in the euro area (EA19) stood at 86.8%, compared with 86.7% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2017. In the EU28, the ratio decreased from 81.6% to 81.5%. Compared with the first quarter of 2017, the government debt to GDP ratio fell in both the euro area (from 89.2% to 86.8%) and the EU28 (from 83.6% to 81.5%).

Seasonally adjusted government deficit decreased to 0.1% of GDP in the euro area

Friday, 20.7.2018 - 12:00
In the first quarter of 2018, the seasonally adjusted general government deficit to GDP ratio stood at 0.1% in the euro area (EA19), a decrease compared with 0.6% in the fourth quarter of 2017. In the EU28, the deficit to GDP ratio stood at 0.5%, a decrease compared with 0.6% in the previous quarter.

Annual inflation up to 2.0% in the euro area

Wednesday, 18.7.2018 - 12:00
Euro area annual inflation rate was 2.0% in June 2018, up from 1.9% in May 2018. A year earlier, the rate was 1.3%. European Union annual inflation was 2.0% in June 2018, stable compared with May 2018. A year earlier, the rate was 1.5%. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Production in construction up by 0.3% in euro area

Wednesday, 18.7.2018 - 12:00
In May 2018 compared with April 2018, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 0.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.2% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In April 2018, production in construction grew by 1.4% in the euro area and by 0.8% in the EU28.

How is the European Union progressing towards its Europe 2020 targets?

Tuesday, 17.7.2018 - 12:00
The Europe 2020 strategy, adopted by the European Council in June 2010, is the European Union's agenda for jobs and growth for the current decade. As a main objective, the strategy strives to deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion in the Member States, while reducing the impact on the natural environment. To reach this objective, the EU has adopted targets to be reached by 2020 in five areas: employment, research & development (R&D), climate change & energy, education and poverty reduction.

Euro area international trade in goods surplus €16.5 bn

Monday, 16.7.2018 - 12:00
The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in May 2018 was €189.6 billion, a decrease of 0.8% compared with May 2017 (€191.2 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €173.1 bn, a rise of 0.7% compared with May 2017 (€171.9 bn). As a result, the euro area recorded a €16.5 bn surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in May 2018, compared with +€19.3 bn in May 2017. Intra-euro area trade rose to €162.3 bn in May 2018, up by 0.5% compared with May 2017.

Industrial production up by 1.3% in euro area

Thursday, 12.7.2018 - 12:00
In May 2018 compared with April 2018, seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 1.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.2% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In April 2018, industrial production fell by 0.8% in both zones.

A statistical portrait of the European Union compared with G20 countries

Wednesday, 11.7.2018 - 12:00
The fifth edition of the Eurostat publication “The EU in the world” compares the European Union (EU) with the 15 non-EU Group of Twenty (G20) countries in the areas of society, the economy and the environment. It looks at population, living conditions, health, education and training, the labour market, economy and finance, international trade, agriculture and fisheries, industry and services, research and development, transport, environment and energy.

EU population up to nearly 513 million on 1 January 2018

Tuesday, 10.7.2018 - 12:00
On 1 January 2018, the population of the European Union (EU) was estimated at 512.6 million, compared with 511.5 million on 1 January 2017. During the year 2017, more deaths than births were recorded in the EU (5.3 million deaths and 5.1 million births), meaning that the natural change of the EU population was negative. The population change (positive, with 1.1 million more inhabitants) was therefore due to net migration.

House prices up by 4.5% in the euro area

Tuesday, 10.7.2018 - 12:00
House prices, as measured by the House Price Index, rose by 4.5% in the euro area and by 4.7% in the EU in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the same quarter of the previous year. These figures come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

EU28 current account surplus €63.9 bn

Thursday, 5.7.2018 - 12:00
The EU28 seasonally adjusted current account of the balance of payments recorded a surplus of €63.9 billion (1.6% of GDP) in the first quarter of 2018, down from a surplus of €68.0 billion (1.8% of GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2017 and up from a surplus of €43.9 billion (1.2% of GDP) in the first quarter of 2017, according to estimates released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Business investment rate up to 23.1% in the euro area

Wednesday, 4.7.2018 - 12:00
In the first quarter of 2018, the business investment rate was 23.1% in the euro area, compared with 22.9% in the previous quarter.

Household saving rate down to 12.0% in the euro area

Wednesday, 4.7.2018 - 12:00
The household saving rate in the euro area was 12.0% in the first quarter of 2018, compared with 12.2% in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Volume of retail trade unchanged in euro area

Tuesday, 3.7.2018 - 12:00
In May 2018 compared with April 2018, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade did not change in the euro area (EA19) and increased by 0.3% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In April, the retail trade volume decreased by 0.1% in the euro area and increased by 0.3% in the EU28.

Industrial producer prices up by 0.8% in euro area

Tuesday, 3.7.2018 - 12:00
In May 2018, compared with April 2018, industrial producer prices rose by 0.8% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.0% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In April 2018, prices remained unchanged in the euro area and increased by 0.1% in EU28.

Euro area unemployment at 8.4%

Monday, 2.7.2018 - 12:00
The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.4% in May 2018, stable compared with April 2018 and down from 9.2% in May 2017. This remains the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since December 2008. The EU28 unemployment rate was 7.0% in May 2018, stable compared with April 2018 and down from 7.7% in May 2017. This is the lowest rate recorded in the EU28 since August 2008. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Over one third of EU’s population did not take a tourism trip in 2016

Friday, 29.6.2018 - 12:00
In 2016, 62% of the EU population (aged 15 or over) made at least one tourism trip for personal purposes. Half (50%) went on at least one domestic tourism trip with at least one overnight stay in 2016 and nearly one third (32%) took at least one trip abroad.

Euro area annual inflation up to 2.0%

Friday, 29.6.2018 - 12:00
Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 2.0% in June 2018, up from 1.9% in May 2018, according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Of the 10.3 million farms in the EU, two thirds are less than 5 ha in size

Thursday, 28.6.2018 - 12:00
A little over 171 million hectares of land in the European Union (EU) were used for agricultural production in 2016 – about 40% of the EU's total land area. This supported about 10.3 million farms and farm managers. Although numerous, most of the EU's farms were small in nature, two-thirds being less than 5 hectares (ha) in size. In contrast, the 3% of EU farms of 100 ha or more in size worked over half of the EU's utilised agricultural area.

Debt mainly held by non-residents in half of the EU Member States

Friday, 22.6.2018 - 12:00
Significant differences can be observed across the European Union (EU) regarding the sector in which government debt is held. Among Member States for which data are available, the share of public debt held by non-residents in 2017 was highest in Cyprus (82%), followed by Lithuania (73%), Latvia (68%), Finland, Austria and Slovenia (all 67%). In contrast, the largest proportion of debt held by the (resident) financial corporations sector was recorded in Sweden and Denmark (both 69%), ahead of the Netherlands, Malta and Italy (all 62%).

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