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Switzerland’s real gross domestic product (GDP) in the 4th quarter 2014 rose by 0.6%* compared with the previous quarter. Private and public consumption expenditures as well as the balance of trade in goods delivered positive growth contributions. By contrast, the balance of trade in services and gross investments in equipment both failed to provide some impetus to growth. On the production side, the strongest contributions to GDP growth came from manufacturing, financial services, property and housing and the public sector. The GDP deflator remained almost unchanged against the 4th quarter 2013 (0.0%). The results of the quarterly national accounts give an initial and provisional GDP growth rate for the full year 2014 at constant prices of 2.0% compared with the 1.9% growth rate achieved in 2013.

Schweizer Unternehmen haben 2014 gestützt auf Bewilligungen des SECO für 563,5 Millionen Franken Kriegsmaterial in 72 Länder exportiert (2013: 461,3 Millionen). Dies entspricht einem Anteil von 0,26 Prozent (0,22 Prozent) an der gesamten Warenausfuhr der Schweizer Wirtschaft. Gleichzeitig ist das Volumen neuer Bewilligungen um 36 Prozent auf 568 Millionen Franken zurückgegangen. Das SECO hat die Einhaltung der Nichtwiederausfuhr-Erklärungen auch im vergangenen Jahr in verschiedenen Bestimmungsländern vor Ort überprüft.

Das Seco hat seit letztem Sommer mit unterschiedlichen Schweizer Ticketing-Unternehmen Gespräche geführt und diese nun erfolgreich abgeschlossen. Die Ticketing-Unternehmen sollten bis Mitte März 2015 ihre Preisbekanntgabe-Praktiken so angepasst haben, dass allfällige Service- und Zahlungsgebühren in den Ticketpreis eingeschlossen sind.

Das SECO präsentiert am Donnerstag, 26. Februar 2015, die Zahlen zur Kriegsmaterialausfuhr 2014 an einem Point de Presse. In diesem Zusammenhang nimmt das SECO unter anderem auch Stellung zu weiteren Themen, wie der im letzten Jahr erfolgten Revision der Kriegsmaterialverordnung, der Einführung einer elektronischen Bewilligungsplattform oder der Entwicklung im Bereich der Kontrolle von konventionellen Rüstungsgütern.

The Federal Council today extended the term of office of Professor Patrick Aebischer, president of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), until 31 December 2016. The decision follows the unanimous motion in favour of re-election presented by the ETH Board and reflects the wish of the EPFL president to hand over to a successor in two years’ time. The Federal Council thanks Patrick Aebischer for his invaluable contribution to Switzerland’s standing as a location for education and research.

On 9 February 2014, Swiss citizens voted for Switzerland to control and restrict immigration autonomously and at the same time for an amendment to the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons with the European Union (EU), while safeguarding Switzerland’s overall economic interests. On Wednesday, the Federal Council took various decisions on the implementation of the new constitutional provisions. It approved the draft of the new legislation on foreign nationals and additional measures to make better use of the potential workforce within Switzerland. It also made a final decision on the negotiating mandate with the EU on the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons.

Registrierte Arbeitslosigkeit im Januar 2015 - Gemäss den Erhebungen des Staatssekretariats für Wirtschaft (SECO) waren Ende Januar 2015 150’946 Arbeitslose bei den Regionalen Arbeitsvermittlungszentren (RAV) eingeschrieben, 3’577 mehr als im Vormonat. Die Arbeitslosenquote stieg damit von 3,4% im Dezember 2014 auf 3,5% im Berichtsmonat. Gegenüber dem Vorjahresmonat verringerte sich die Arbeitslosigkeit um 2’314 Personen (-1,5%).

The results of the consumer survey conducted in January 2015* have been influenced by the decision of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) on January 15 to remove the 1.20 floor on the CHF-euro exchange rate. Overall, the consumer sentiment index (average of four questions**) in January 2015 remained virtually unchanged compared to the previous survey (-6 in January 2015 compared to -11 in October 2014).

The Federal Government’s Expert Group has decided not to currently issue a full intermediate update of the forecasts prior to the next regular press release on 19 March 2015. However, the Expert Group does acknowledge that the removal of the 1.20 floor on the CHF-euro exchange rate on 15 January by the Swiss National Bank and the subsequent sharp appreciation in value of the Swiss franc against the Euro and other currencies means that one of the central assumptions on which the forecasts were based – a currency exchange rate situation remaining essentially unchanged – is no longer valid. The most recent official forecasts which were published on 18 December 2014 assumed growth in GDP of 2.1% for 2015 and 2.4% for 2016, as well as a slight fall in unemployment, have therefore been overtaken by events. If the Swiss franc remains at a significantly higher level over an extended period, economic development must be expected to be weaker than had been assumed in the previous forecasts.

The Federal Council deposited its instrument of ratification for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) with the United Nations in New York on 30 January 2015. The Treaty will enter into force in Switzerland after a period of 90 days.

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