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That's exactly the kind of detail i was looking for, thanks. From your numbers, the VDEW claims seem true between 1997 & 2004? what you're saying is that the most recent price increases come from the "netto" price and not from the rest, and that they are trying to hide that in fudged numbers?

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Oct 12th, 2005 at 05:50:30 PM EST
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Yes, as I said, the VDEW claims of increase are real (even if one component is misinterpreted), and no, they don't hide the "netto" price in fudged numbers: they just hide it altogether. They didn't release it.

They just state in a sentence that they did the calculation, and give a rough brutto/netto ratio.

Maybe the sensationalist "Lie" in the title was what misled you, I shall change it to "Spin".

(I guess they'll release the final numbers in early 2006 all fine, with full details, and a much milder spin - this press release must have had chanchellor-to-be Merkel and her future economy minister as their target, just when they decide on policy.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Oct 12th, 2005 at 06:09:45 PM EST
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