Category Archive: 2.) Swiss Statistics – Press Releases

Europe was the main continent of residence for Swiss citizens abroad in 2020

At the end of 2020, more than one in ten Swiss citizens lived abroad. Almost two thirds lived in Europe, notably in France. Their number increased by 0.7% compared with 2019. The increase in the number of persons aged 65 and over was the most marked (+2.8%). Overall, the share of women remained greater than that of men, according to the results of the statistics on the Swiss abroad from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in February 2021: -1.1 percent YoY, unchanged MoM

18.03.2021 - The Producer and Import Price Index remained unchanged in February 2021 compared with the previous month. The index stood at 100.3 points (December 2020 = 100). Petroleum products as well as basic metals and semi-finished metal products in particular saw higher prices, while pharmaceutical products became cheaper.

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Swiss Retail Sales, January 2021: -0.9 percent Nominal and -0.5 percent Real

Turnover adjusted for sales days and holidays fell in the retail sector by 0.9% in nominal terms in January 2021 compared with the previous year. Seasonally adjusted, nominal turnover fell by 4.9% compared with the previous month. The economic sectors were affected to varying degrees.

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Employment in Switzerland fell in 4th quarter 2020 for the third consecutive time

In the 4th quarter 2020, the total employment (number of jobs) fell by 0.4% in comparison with the same quarter a year earlier (+0.1% with previous quarter). Among women, the decrease was 0.6%, while employment among men fell by 0.3%. In full-time equivalents, employment in the same period declined also by 0.4%.

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Switzerland GDP Q4 2020: +0.3 percent QoQ, -1.6 percent YoY

Switzerland’s GDP growth slowed to 0.3 % in the 4th quarter after reaching 7.6 % in the 3rd quarter.  Major losses were recorded in the services directly affected by the tightening of the containment measures. Other industries continued to recover. On the whole, the second wave of the coronavirus until the end of 2020 had much less of an impact on the economy than the first wave did last spring.

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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in January 2021: -2.1 percent YoY, +0.3 percent MoM

23.02.2021 - The Producer and Import Price Index rose in January 2021 by 0.3% compared with the previous month, reaching 100.3 points (December 2020 = 100). The rise is due in particular to higher prices for scrap, petroleum products, as well as for basic metals and semi-finished metal products. Compared with January 2020, the price level of the whole range of domestic and imported products fell by 2.1%.

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Secondary sector with strong production and turnover losses in the 4th quarter and for the whole of 2020

Secondary sector production declined 3.1% in 4th quarter 2020 in comparison with the same quarter a year earlier. Turnover fell by 4.4%. For 2020 as a whole which was shaped by the Covid 19 pandemic, there were strong decreases in production (-3.3%) and turnover (-5.2%).

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Average annual inflation rate for residential property in 2020 was 2.5 percent

16.02.2021 - The Swiss residential property price index (IMPI) increased in the 4th quarter 2020 compared with the previous quarter by 2.3% and reached 103.1 points (4th quarter 2019 = 100). Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, inflation was 3.1%. The average annual inflation rate for residential property in 2020 was 2.5%.

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Swiss Retail Sales, December 2020: 3.5 percent Nominal and 4.7 percent Real

Retail trade turnover adjusted for sales days and holidays showed nominal growth of 3.5% in December 2020 compared with the same month of the previous year. Seasonally adjusted, nominal turnover grew by 2.2% compared with the previous month. Despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the whole of 2020, provisional results show nominal growth of 0.1%.

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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in November 2020: -2.3 percent YoY, -0.5 percent MoM

The Producer and Import Price Index rose in December 2020 by 0.5% compared with the previous month, reaching 98.4 points (December 2015 = 100). Compared with December 2019, the price level of the whole range of domestic and imported products fell by 2.3%.

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Swiss Retail Sales, November 2020: 1.0 percent Nominal and 1.7 percent Real

Turnover adjusted for sales days and holidays rose in the retail sector by 1.0% in nominal terms in November 2020 compared with the previous year. Seasonally adjusted, nominal turnover fell by 2.4% compared with the previous month.

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Switzerland Construction prices fell by 0.2 percent in October 2020

The construction price index recorded a decline of 0.2% between April and October 2020, reaching 99.7 points (October 2015 = 100). This result reflects a decline in building prices and a slight growth in civil engineering prices. Year on year, construction prices remained stable.

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Swiss Producer and Import Price Index in November 2020: -2.7 percent YoY, -0.1 percent MoM

The Producer and Import Price Index fell by 0.1% in November 2020 compared with the previous month. The index stood at 97.9 points (December 2015 = 100). This decline was due in particular to lower prices for petroleum products and pharmaceutical preparations.

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Swiss Consumer Price Index in November 2020: -0.7 percent YoY, -0.2 percent MoM

02.12.2020 - The consumer price index (CPI) fell by 0.2% in November 2020 compared with the previous month, reaching 101.0 points (December 2015 = 100). Inflation was –0.7% compared with the same month of the previous year. These are the results of the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

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Switzerland GDP Q3 2020: 7.2 percent QoQ, -1.6 percent YoY

Switzerland’s GDP grew by 7.2 % in the 3rd quarter of 2020,  after decreasing by a total of 8.6 % in the first half of the year. Domestic demand and parts of the service sector recovered significantly, while international developments had an adverse impact on exports. Download press release Gross domestic product in the 3rd quarter of 2012 - Still 2 % below pre-crisis level(PDF, 4 pages, 319 kB)...

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Swiss Retail Sales, October 2020: 2.6 percent Nominal and 3.1 percent Real

30.11.2020 - Turnover adjusted for sales days and holidays rose in the retail sector by 2.6% in nominal terms in October 2020 compared with the previous year. Seasonally adjusted, nominal turnover rose by 3.3% compared with the previous month.

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Price indices’ upgrade includes addition of an official residential property price index

From 2021, the price indices published by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) will be armed with an updated methodology that reflects market changes as closely as possible. Furthermore, a new price index will be added to the existing set, measuring residential property price change, which will be published on a quarterly basis.

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Employment in Switzerland continued to fall in 3rd quarter

26.11.2020 - In the 3rd quarter 2020, total employment (number of jobs) fell by 0.4% in comparison with the same quarter a year earlier (+0.5% with previous quarter). In full-time equivalents, employment in the same period declined by 0.1%. The Swiss economy counted 11 900 fewer vacancies than in the corresponding quarter of the previous year (–15.1%) with the employment outlook indicator also indicating a downward trend (-2.3%).

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Swiss Consumer sentiment: No further recovery of consumer sentiment

Consumer sentiment in Switzerland has largely been stagnating since the summer. All sub-indices used for the calculation are still below their long-term average and none have improved significantly compared to this summer’s survey. Economic development and the situation on the labour market are seen as unfavourable.

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Swiss Consumer Price Index in October 2020: -0.6 percent YoY, 0.0 percent MoM

The consumer price index (CPI) remained stable in October 2020 compared with the previous month, remaining at 101.2 points (December 2015 = 100). Inflation was –0.6% compared with the same month of the previous year.

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