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Money: consequences: Handicraft companies make less sales

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Three out of five craft businesses are affected by sales in connection with the Ukraine war. This resulted in a survey that the Central Association of German Crafts (ZDH) carried out together with the chambers of crafts and the associations of the craft between November 22 and 28, 2022.

Ein Bäckermeister in Dresden formt einen Teigling zu einem Christstollen. © Sebastian Kahnert/dpa A master baker in Dresden forms a dough ring into a Christstollen. According to the results,

is most often affected by the food trade - 80 percent of the companies stated that they had falling sales. In the vehicle sector as well as for private service and health trades, it is around 70 percent each. According to half of all respondents, the declines are due to the fact that customers buy less. Each fourth company indicated that orders were canceled by increased procurement and energy costs. Multiple answers were possible here.

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High energy and food prices

For months, increased energy and food prices have been driving inflation. In October, the annual tax rate rose to 10.4 percent and thus up to the highest level in about 70 years. In November it fell slightly to 10 percent again. High inflation rates reduce the purchasing power of consumers. This can dampen consumption as an important economic support.

ZDH President Hans Peter Wollseifer is concerned: "Our current survey results prove an existential dismay of the craft in numerous cases due to the current crisis consequences, as it could not be determined during the Corona pandemic," he told the German press -Agency.

Hardening Aids urgently need

energy -intensive companies whose solvency is in danger, must therefore urgently benefit from the hardship assistance announced by the Federal Government by the next March, Wollseifer said. The federal government is planning a gas and electricity price brake for households and companies that should take effect from March 2023. A retroactive discharge for January and February is then planned. At the end of November,

20 percent of the respondents stated that they had payment difficulties due to increased energy costs. 15 percent report liquidity problems due to delivery bottlenecks. According to their own statements, 72 percent are not in financial difficulties. Multiple answers were also possible here.

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