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Turnover by German handicraft businesses up by 4.4 percent in 2008

According to provisional data by the Federal Statistical Office, turnover generated by handicraft businesses in the year 2008 in Germany was up by 4.4% on that generated in 2007. At the same time the number of craftsmen fell by 0.9 %. From this growth benefited all kinds of handicraft businesses the operation of which is subject to permission by public authorities. Turnover grew most in the building and construction trade (+6.6 %). Growth in turnover was smallest in the field of motor vehicles with just 0.3 %.

Employment increased only in those handicraft businesses receiving orders from industry (+2.8 %), whereas employment fell in all the other six lines of handycraft businesses. The reduction in personnel was biggest in handicraft businesses working for private customers (-3.5 %). GERMAN