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As a company, you can be used for the collection of price statistics under certain conditions.

The task of price statistics in Germany is to measure price developments over time for the most important goods markets in the German economy. They form the basis for

  • important economic indicators,
  • economic policy decisions,
  • the provision of information to the general public on monetary developments
  • the drafting and monitoring of commercial and private contracts, for example in the case of value protection clauses (price escalation clauses).

The Federal Statistical Office and the statistical offices of the federal states regularly monitor the prices of a large number of goods and services in Germany. The following indices are compiled on the basis of the data collected:

  • Consumer Price Index
  • Producer price index of industrial products
  • Price indices for agriculture and forestry
  • Producer price index for services
  • Wholesale selling price index
  • Construction and real estate price indices
  • Import and export price index
  • Natural gas and electricity average prices.

These indices can be used to track price developments over time. This makes it possible to determine how prices have developed between two points in time. Prices are collected on a monthly or quarterly basis to determine price trends. This is done on the basis of a "basket of goods". This refers to the selection of goods and services that represents all goods and services in the scope of the price index in question. As a rule, the basket of goods is adjusted every 5 years.

The results of the survey on the half-yearly average prices for electricity and gas sold to household and non-household customers can be used to analyze the development and composition of electricity and gas prices in a European comparison.

The GENESIS-Online database offers all results of the price statistics in different data formats (xls, xlsx, html and csv).

You do not need to submit any additional documentation.

  • Paper forms: yes; partly only for the initial survey
  • Online procedure: yes, mandatory
  • Written form possible: no
  • Personal appearance required: no

Preconditions

The Federal Statistical Office and the statistical offices of the Länder conduct the surveys for their price statistics within the framework of the legal provisions (see the section on legal bases).

Hints

The procedure can only be performed in German. An English translation can be provided in PDF format for some price statistics as an aid if required.

Related Links

  • § 2 Nummern 1 und 2 Gesetz über die Preisstatistik (PreisStatG)
  • § 9 Absatz 1 Gesetz über die Preisstatistik (PreisStatG)
  • § 4 Absatz 1 Gesetz über die Preisstatistik (PreisStatG)
  • § 5 Absatz 1 Gesetz über die Preisstatistik (PreisStatG)
  • EU-Verordnung (2016/1952) über europäische Erdgas- und Strompreisstatistik vom 26. Oktober 2016
  • EU-Verordnung (2019/2152) über europäische Unternehmensstatistiken vom 27. November 2019

Related Links

  • Informationen zur Datenübermittlung mit IDEV auf dem Online-Portal der Statistischen Ämter des Bundes und der Länder
  • Informationen zu den Methoden der Erhebungen auf der Internetseite des Statistischen Bundesamtes
  • Datenbank "Genesis" des Statistischen Bundesamts

The Federal Statistical Office determines the indices for Germany on a monthly or quarterly or semiannual basis through various forms of data collection:

  • On-site survey in the individual survey units by price investigators,
  • Evaluation of catalogs, tariffs, fee schedules, laws and administrative regulations,
  • Survey on the Internet,
  • Survey by paper questionnaires (for construction services price statistics),
  • reporting via the online reporting procedure IDEV (Internet data collection in the network)
  • or telephone survey of the survey units for selected products
  • and access to special databases or purchase of data from private providers.

If your company is selected, you can submit the majority of the data online:

  • You will receive a letter with the request to transmit your data to the Federal Statistical Office or to the responsible statistical office of the federal state (Heranziehungsbescheid). You can find out which information is required in your case from the letter.
  • Log on to the survey portal of the federal and state statistical offices. Follow the respective instructions to use the online reporting procedure IDEV.
    • IDEV: Transmit the data via electronic online forms. IDEV supports you to reduce your effort.
    • You received the access data for IDEV in a separate letter following the summons.
  • If necessary, the responsible statistical office will contact you in case of incomplete or implausible information.

Responsible for the content
Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK)

Last update or date of publication
21.07.2022