Business confidence falls, but Eurozone outlook is positive

Date

20 Jul 2017

Sections

Euro & Finance

Press release

Business confidence across Europe has fallen in the last quarter, according to the latest edition of the Global Economic Conditions Survey (GECS), released today.

However, the outlook for the Eurozone remains better than it has been for some time, according to the quarterly survey of global CFOs and finance professionals, conducted by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and IMA (the Institute of Management Accountants).

‘It was surprising to see a fall in confidence across Europe this quarter, given the rebound during Q1,’ said Narayanan Vaidyanathan, senior business analyst at ACCA.

‘The outlook for the Eurozone is better than it has been for some time, thanks to a combination of eased austerity, low interest rates and increasing exports. However, there are still some concerns around the wider impact of UK political developments, including Brexit and the recent general election, which may partly contribute to business hesitation.’

The survey also notes that the election of Emmanuel Macron in France this quarter has quelled some business’ fears of a ‘wave of populism’:

‘Victories for mainstream candidates in crucial presidential elections in the Netherlands and France have helped to boost investor and consumer confidence,’ added Vaidyanathan.

‘There are hopes that Macron’s victory will lead to a new wave of economic reforms that will kick start economic growth in France. If Macron is able to get his plans through parliament they should help to boost growth and bring down the unemployment rate, but he faces challenges to making his plans a reality.’

Globally, the GECS results were quite positive, with many economies set for reasonable growth over the coming years.

‘Global confidence fell from the previous quarter, but is still above levels seen throughout last year. Healthy employment prospects in the US and a gentler than expected slowdown in China will help, ‘added Vaidyanathan.

The full GECS report is available here.

 

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