Transport volume by rail fell by almost 20% in the second quarter of 2020; transport volume on the Danube decreased only slightly
20.9 million tonnes (t) of goods were transported by rail in the second quarter of 2020. Compared to the second quarter of the previous year, this represents a decrease by 19.6% in transport volume. The transport performance on Austrian territory amounted to 4.4 billion tonne-kilometers (tkm) and declined by 21.0% compared to the second quarter of 2019. In comparison, there was a slight increase in the first quarter of 2020 with a transport volume of 25.9 million t (+2.6%) and a transport performance of 5.5 billion tkm (+1.6%) compared to the respective quarter of the previous year.
In 2019, Emma and Maximilian topped the charts of first names given to newborn babies in Austria, as Statistics Austria reports. This result is based on the list of first names in original spelling and without special characters. In total, names of 41 372 newborn girls and 43 580 boys were analysed. Parents chose the name Emma 766 times (1.9%) for girls and Maximilian 841 times (1.9%) for boys. Emma reached the number one position for the first time since entering the top ten in 2010. Maximilian topped the list for the third time since entering the top ten in 2005.
In August 2020, the inflation rate was 1.4% (July 2020: 1.7%). Significant summer sales for clothing had a dampening effect on the August inflation rate. Housing, water and energy (+2.3% compared to August 2019) remained the most important price driver, followed by expenditures for restaurants and hotels (+3.2%). The index level of the consumer price index 2015 (CPI 2015) was 108.0 in August 2020. Compared to the previous month, the average price level decreased by 0.2%.
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