Category Archive: 2) Swiss and European Macro

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George Dorgan
George Dorgan (penname) predicted the end of the EUR/CHF peg at the CFA Society and at many occasions on SeekingAlpha.com and on this blog. Several Swiss and international financial advisors support the site. These firms aim to deliver independent advice from the often misleading mainstream of banks and asset managers. George is FinTech entrepreneur, financial author and alternative economist. He speak seven languages fluently.

Swiss retail sales Nominal -2.4 percent, Real -1.3 percent against last year

Swiss retail sales Nominal -2.4%, Real -1.3% against last year

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Revision of sustainable development indicator system 2016: The revised MONET indicator system reflects the varied aspects of sustainable development in Switzerland

03.05.2016 09:15  - FSO, Environment, Sustainable Development, Territory (0353-1604-70) Revision of sustainable development indicator system 2016 Neuchâtel, 03.05.2016 (FSO) – The sustainable development monitoring (MONET) has been revised. The revis...

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Gross domestic product in the 1st quarter 2016

Switzerland’s real gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.1% in the 1st quarter of 2016.* GDP was underpinned by consumption expenditure from private households and investments in construction and equipment but curbed slightly by government consumption. On the production side, the picture was mixed: whilst financial services and the hotel and catering industry saw a decline, value added in manufacturing,

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Standard of living in Switzerland remains one of the highest in Europe

In 2014 Switzerland was one of the countries with the highest living standards in Europe. This does not exclude financial difficulties, as 6.6% of the population, i.e. approx. 530,000 people were affected by income poverty. Roughly one person in ten cannot afford a week's holiday away from home according to the Federal Statistical Office's survey on income and living conditions (SILC).

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Statistics on tourist accommodation in 2015: Significant decrease in overnight stays in youth hostels, moderate decline for campsites

Statistics on tourist accommodation in 2015 Significant decrease in overnight stays in youth hostels, moderate decline for campsites Neuchâtel, 25.04.2016 (FSO) – Switzerland’s 51 registered youth hostels generated 814,000 overnight stays in 2015, i.e. a decrease of 14.4% compared with 2014. As for the 410 campsites surveyed, 2.7 million...

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Swiss wage index 2015: Nominal wages increase by 0.4 percent and real wages by 1.5 percent due to negative inflation

FSO, Wages and Working Conditions (0353-1604-40) Swiss wage index 2015 Neuchâtel, 22.04.2016 (FSO) – The Swiss nominal wage index rose by +0.4% on average in 2015 compared with 2014. It settled at 103.7 points (base 2010 = 100). G...

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Switzerland’s population change in 2015: +1.1%, still heavily driven by immigration

Switzerland's population grew by 1.1% in 2015. 80% of the change was caused by immigration, mostly from the euro zone.

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2.8% rise in Swiss health expenditures 2014: Are they costs or income?

Higher health costs in Switzerland: 2.8% increase compared with the previous year. For the strange concept called GDP it is called "economic growth" or "income". But, as mentioned in the press release: they are economic "costs".

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Swiss Labour Force Survey 2015: Large increase in labour market participation of 55 to 64 year-olds

19.04.2016 09:15  - FSO, Labour Force (0353-1603-90) Swiss Labour Force Survey 2015 Neuchâtel, 19.04.2016 (FSO) – In 2015 the average age of the economically active population was 41.6 years (+0.7 years compared with 2010). The ageing of the economic...

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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in March 2016: The Producer and Import Price Index remains stable overall

The Producer and Import Price Index remained unchanged in March 2016 compared with the previous month at 99.0 points (base December 2015 = 100). Whereas the Producer Price Index increased by 0.1%, the Import Price Index remained unchanged on average. Compared with March 2015, the price level of the whole range of domestic and imported products fell by 4.7%. These are the findings of the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

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Swiss Consumer Price Index in March 2016: -0.9 percent against 2015, +0.3 percent against last month

08.04.2016 09:15  - FSO, Prices (0353-1603-50) Swiss Consumer Price Index in March 2016 Neuchâtel, 08.04.2016 (FSO) – The Swiss Consumer Price Index increased by 0.3% in March 2016 compared with the previous month, reaching 100.1 points (December 201...

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Statistics on tourist accommodation in February 2016: Overnight stays in February fall despite rise in domestic demand

07.04.2016 09:15  - FSO, Tourism (0353-1603-40) Statistics on tourist accommodation in February 2016 Neuchâtel, 07.04.2016 (FSO) – The Swiss hotel industry registered 3.1 million overnight stays in February 2016, which corresponds to a decrease of 1....

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10 years of Swiss Social Assistance Statistics: Social assistance rate the same as 10 years ago

04.04.2016 11:00  - FSO, Social Assistance (0353-1603-30) 10 years of Swiss Social Assistance Statistics Neuchâtel, 04.04.2016 (BFS) – The Swiss Social Assistance Statistics cover ten years of observation with the latest data from 2014. The social as...

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February Swiss Retail Sales -0.3percent YoY(Real), Core Retail Sales +0.3percent

01.04.2016 09:15  - FSO, Economic Surveys (0353-1603-20) Retail trade turnover in February 2016 Neuchâtel, 01.04.2016 (FSO) – Turnover in the retail sector fell by 0.9% in nominal terms in February 2016 compared with the previous year. Seasonally adj...

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Bankruptcy Statistics 2015: Increase in the number of bankruptcies

24.03.2016 09:15  - FSO, Economic structure and analyses (0353-1602-90) Bankruptcy Statistics 2015 Neuchâtel, 24.03.2016 (FSO) – The number of bankruptcy proceedings opened in 2015 rose to 13,016 cases, a 9.9% increase compared with 2014. The Lake Ge...

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Labour costs 2014: Labour costs in Switzerland: marked differences according to enterprise size

22.03.2016 09:15  - FSO, Economic Surveys (0353-1601-50) Labour costs 2014 Neuchâtel, 22.03.2016 (FSO) – In 2014, average labour costs in Switzerland amounted to CHF 59.60 per hour worked across the secondary and tertiary sectors. According to the Fe...

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Assisted reproductive technology in 2014: definitive data: Uptake of in-vitro fertilisation on the rise again

22.03.2016 09:15  - FSO, Health (0353-1603-60) Assisted reproductive technology in 2014: definitive data Neuchâtel, 22.03.2016 (FSO) – In 2014, 6269 couples wishing to have children turned to in-vitro fertilisation. This resulted in the birth of 1955...

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Swiss Producer and Import Prices Index February 2016: 0.6 percent MoM, 4.6 percent YoY

17.03.2016 09:15  - FSO, Prices (0353-1602-50) Producer and Import Price Index in February 2016 Neuchâtel, 17.03.2016 (FSO) – The Producer and Import Price Index fell in February 2016 by 0.6% compared with the previous month, reaching 99.0 points (ba...

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Women and Science 2015: Under-representation of women in science greater in Switzerland than in Europe

14.03.2016 09:15  - FSO, Economic structure and analyses (0353-1600-90) Women and Science 2015 Neuchâtel, 14.03.2016 (FSO) – In Switzerland, women are outnumbered by men in the field of science and research, especially in academic careers. Only 18% o...

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