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Eurostat has launched public consultation on Agricultural Statistics Strategy 2020. The aim of this consultation is to collect views of the users of agricultural statistics on the proposed strategy to improve the availability of agricultural statistics that better match with their needs.


Compared to July, the total retail trade turnover in August 2015 rose by 0.3%, according to seasonally adjusted data at constant prices. Retail trade in food products rose by 0.2%, whereas turnover of non-food products – by 0.4%.


New data have been published in sections: Geographical data; Consumer prices; Producer prices; Gross domestic product; Population: Number and Change; Education; Tourism; Energy.


Today, on September 28, seminar "Energy statistics – development, trends and quality" will take place in CSB. In the seminar development and improvement of energy statistics according to the needs of policy makers, researchers, non-governmental organizations and other data users will be discussed.


Compared to July, level of construction costs in Latvia in August 2015 rose by 0.2%. Labour remuneration of workers rose by 1.1%, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment – by 0.1%, but prices of building materials did not change significantly.


Compared to July level of producer prices in the Latvian industry in August 2015 dropped by 0.6%. The level of prices of products sold on the domestic market reduced by 0.5%, prices of exported products - by 0.7%. The level of prices of products exported to euro area countries decreased by 0.3% and of products exported to non-euro area countries - by 0.9%.


New data have been published in sections: Geographical data; Consumer prices; Producer prices; Occupied posts and job vacancies, paid working hours; Labour costs; Forestry.


At the end of first half of 2015 there were 874.5 thsd occupied posts in Latvia, which is 1 thsd posts or 0.1% more than at the end of first half of 2014. Over the year the number of occupied posts in private sector reduced by 3.2 thsd or 0.6%, reaching 583.3 thsd posts. In public sector there were 291.1 thsd occupied posts, which is 4.2 thsd or 1.5% more than in the corresponding period of 2014.


The average purchase prices of round timber in the 1st half of 2015 as compared to the 2nd half of 2014 witnessed slight decrease. Among coniferous tree sawlogs the greatest drop was recorded in purchase prices of pine sawlogs with diameter of 18 - 26 cm - 9% or on average 6 EUR/m3 without VAT, and in purchase prices of spruce sawlogs with diameter over 26 cm - 7%, which is 5 EUR/m3 without VAT.


Compared to the 2nd quarter of 2014 hourly labour costs in the 2nd quarter of 2015 grew by 52 cents per hour or by 7.9%, reaching EUR 7.09. According to seasonally adjusted data labour costs grew by 7.7%.

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