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STATEC and the Central Bank of Luxembourg (BCL) inform that the current account recorded a surplus of 509 million euros for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 854 million during the same period of the previous year, corresponding to a decrease of 345 million.
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On 31 May 2016, Luxembourg had 16 331 registered unemployed residents (available for the labor market and which did not benefit from an employment program). The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.5 %.
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STATEC publishes today the first estimates of the gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter of 2016 as well as revised figures for the previous quarters. The GDP in volume increased by +4.4% during the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same quarter in 2015, and by +0.7% compared to the previous quarter.
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The payroll employment increases by 0.8% compared to the forth quarter of 2015, and by 3.0% compared to the first quarter of 2015. The number of cross-border workers grows slightly faster than the number of resident workers: + 4.3% against + 2.0%. Employment in professional and support service activities (+ 6.9%) and in financial and insurance activities (+3.2%) were very dynamic.
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According to the latest results of the household budget survey, in 2014 the average consumption of private households in Luxembourg was 58 752 Euros. The share of food and housing expenses in the household budget decreases as the household income increases.
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A little more than one in ten enterprises in Luxembourg buys cloud computing services in 2014. Cloud computing presents itself as a flexible and distributed form of using IT services. This kind of product is accessible online in real-time and made available in line with the enterprise’s requirements. The services thus provided to the enterprise are paid according to a fixed or variable pricing model, e.g. based on the capacity used or on the number of users.
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The econometric models used by STATEC to achieve economic forecasts did not take enough into account, so far, the relations between the real economy and the financial sector. Thus, the costs for a company to procure funds to finance its projects were not well represented. With the implementation of a "financial accelerator" in the econometric model Modux, financial variables as the cost of credit, the risk premium or the degree of indebtedness are now introduced.
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The prevalence of smoking decreased by 22.5% between 2005 and 2008 (from 23.1% in 2005 to 17.9% in 2008), but socioeconomic inequalities in smoking persisted.
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This publication of LISER highlights the existence of a feedback effect from past perceived financial difficulties on current income poverty suggesting that subjective perceptions can have objective effects on an individual's behaviour and outcomes.
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In May it is mostly oil products that influence the results of the consumer price index established by STATEC. The index rose by 0.3% compared to April. Inflation remains very low in Luxembourg with a slightly negative rate of -0.03%. The annual core inflation rate has stabilized around 1.0% since the beginning of the year; this trend was confirmed in May.
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Revue de Stabilité financière 2016
07-06-2016 | Publications

In the first part of the review, the main trends and recent developments in the macroeconomic environment and their implications for the domestic financial sector are presented.
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The BCL informs that the aggregated balance sheet of credit institutions reached 766 775 million euros on 30 April 2016, compared to 768 222 million euros on 31 March 2016, a decrease of 0.2%.
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