Quarterly turnover in handicraft business up by 1.2 percent

According to provisional figures by the Federal Statistical Office, the number of employees in handicraft businesses, which are subject to authorization, increased by 0.2% as of end of September 2007 as compared to September 2006. At the same time turnover generated by handicraft companies in the third quarter this year increased by 1.2% in comparison with the same quarter last year.

The strongest increase in employees (3.5%) was registered in those handicraft businesses meeting industrial demand. In those producing foodstuffs and motor vehicle components employment grew by 1.2% and 0.2% respectively. Fewer employees were registered in the main construction trade, the wellness and hair craft business. The biggest reduction in the number of employees was in the hair craft business with -2.3%. GERMAN