The construction cost index (CCI 2015) for construction of residential buildings reached 110.2 index points in December 2020. This represents an increase of 1.9% against December 2019. Compared to November 2020, the index increased by 0.4%.
According to first preliminary results, 90 123 deaths have been reported so far for the period from 1 January to 31 December 2020. This number will continue to rise in the upcoming weeks, as the registry offices are expected to report additional deaths from the previous year. Moreover, this figure does not yet include deaths of Austrians that occurred abroad. Comparing these 90 123 deaths in 2020 with the average of the last five years (for consistency reasons also excluding deaths that occurred abroad), there is an increase of 10.9%.
The value of imports of goods was at €13.48 bn in October 2020, a decrease of 6.0% compared to October 2019. At the same time, exports of goods decreased by 10.7% to €13.16 bn. The balance of trade thus showed a deficit of €0.32 bn. Working-day adjusted, imports rose by 0.2%, while exports declined by 4.4%. The significant decline due to Corona crisis in March (import: ‑7.8%, export: ‑4.3%), April (import: ‑26.0%, export: ‑23.7%) and May (import: ‑24.6%, export: ‑25.4%) was mainly responsible for the negative development of foreign trade in the current reporting year.
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