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Unit Labour Costs

Volume 171: debated on Wednesday 25 April 1990

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the annual percentage rise in unit labour costs in manufacturing in West Germany, France, Italy, the United States, Japan, Sweden and the United Kingdom since 1979.

[holding answer 23 April 1990]: Following is the information requested.

Growth in manufacturing unit labour costs in national currencies

(annual average percentage change)

1979–881

1979–89

United Kingdom5·04·9
United States2·3
Japan−1·2
Germany3·2
France6·2
Italy8·5
Sweden6·1

1 Latest complete annual data.

Source: IMF except for United Kingdom (CSO).