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On 1 September 2014 Central Statistical Bureau celebrates 95 years since the institution was founded. CSB – at that time State Statistical Office – was founded on 1 September 1919 almost simultaneously with the birth of Latvia. From two structural units – demographic and agricultural statistics departments – today Statistics Bureau has grown to ten departments with more than 500 employees.


In the 2nd quarter of 2014 average monthly gross wages and salaries in Latvia, compared to the 2nd quarter of 2013, increased by 6.4% from 716 euros to 762 euros. In the 1st quarter of this year annual increase of the remuneration was 7.5% from 689 to 740 euros.


Total retail trade turnoverin July 2014, compared to June, rose by 2.2%. Compared to July 2013 turnover increased by 3.9%.


Compared to June, construction costs in July decreased by 0.6%. Prices of building materials decreased by 0.8%, labour remuneration of workers – by 0.5% and maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment – by 0.2%.


Significant increase of visitors in the activity of hotels. In the 2nd quarter of this year there were 564.0 thsd visitors, which is 19.7% more than in the 2nd quarter of 2013.


New data have been published in sections: Geographical data; Politics and religion; Producer prices; Gross domestic product; Enterprises finance; Enterprises finance; Population: Number and Change; Education; Foreign trade; Environment; Energy.


Compared to June, producer prices in industry in July 2014 rose by 0.2%. Over a year level of producer prices increased by 0.7%.


During the seven months of 2014, 12 488 newborns were registered, which is 554 babies more than in the same period of 2013. 6 186 marriages were registered this year, which is 383 more than in the seven months of the previous year.


New data have been published in sections: Producer prices; Employment and unemployment; Foreign trade.


In the foreign trade of Latvia exports of goods increases, but imports – decreases. The volume of goods exported increased by 74.5 mln euros or 1.6%, but volume of imports reduced by 55.0 mln euros or 0.9% as compared to the first half of 2013.

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