On 1-3 June, a high-level seminar for the National Statistical Institutions of Eastern European, Caucasian and Central Asian countries on statistical issues will take place in Riga. The participants will discuss the draft generic statistical law for Eastern European, Caucasian and Central Asian countries which is elaborated by the UN Economic Commission for Europe jointly with the European Free Trade Association and the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat).
In 2014, compared to 2009, share of households which could not afford to provide certain basic needs to all children due to lack of money has decreased.
In the 1st quarter of 2015, compared to the 4th quarter of 2014, gross domestic product (GDP) at constant prices, according to seasonally adjusted data, rose by 0.3%. But, compared to the 1st quarter of 2014, GDP increased by 2.0%.
Compared to March, level of construction costs in Latvia in April 2015 dropped by 0.5%. Prices of building materials fell by 1.7%, but maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment – by 0.1%, but labour remuneration of workers increased by 2.4%. Price drop of building materials was mostly affected by price reduction of road construction materials.
Compared to March, the total retail trade turnover in April 2015 rose by 0.1%, according to seasonally adjusted data at constant prices. Retail trade in food products rose by 0.6%, whereas turnover of non-food products dropped by 0.2%.
If in the 1st quarter of 2015 the average monthly gross wages and salaries accounted for 785 euros. The average wages and salaries kept increasing; however, growth rate has been slowing down. If in the 1st quarter of 2014 wages and salaries grew by 7.4% annually, then in the 1st quarter of 2015 it increased by 6.1% or 45 euros.
At the beginning of 2015 the number of population of Latvia accounted for 1 mln 986.1 thsd people, which is 15.4 thsd less than a year before. In regional breakdown the number of population increased only in Pierīga region (by 0.6 thsd). In turn, the largest drop was recorded in Latgale region – of 4.7 thsd.
Svetlana Jesiļevska, Statistician of the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia, has received Young Statistician Prize of the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS). In the contest in competition of 35 researchers from 27 countries Svetlana Jesiļevska has received award for research "Iterative method for the reducing the impact of outlying data points: ensuring data completeness".
On 26 – 27 May 2015, the statistical office of the European Union Eurostat is carrying out current dialogue visit in Latvia on the general government budget deficit and debt notification issues, which takes place in the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.
Compared to March level of producer prices in the Latvian industry in April 2015 dropped by 0.1%. Level of prices of products sold on the domestic market did not change. The prices of exported products decreased by 0.2%, of which in exports to euro area countries reduced by 0.4%, but in exports to non-euro area countries - by 0.2%.
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