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ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment September 2016


13 Sep 2016


Euro & Finance

Economic Sentiment Remains Unchanged

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany remains unchanged in September 2016. The index stands at a level of 0.5 points (long-term average: 24.1 points). "The current ambiguity of economic impulses from Germany and abroad means that forecasts for the next few months are difficult. German exports, particularly to non-EU countries, as well as industrial production figures have disappointed. By contrast, the economic environment in the European Union is improving. Overall, the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment suggests that the economic situation in Germany will remain favourable in the coming six months," comments ZEW-President Professor Achim Wambach.

The assessment of the current situation in Germany has slightly decreased. Falling by 2.5 points, the index now stands at 55.1 points.

Financial market experts’ sentiment concerning the economic development of the eurozone has marginally improved. ZEW’s Indicator of Economic Sentiment for the eurozone has increased by 0.8 points to a reading of 5.4 points. Decreasing by merely 0.2 points in September 2016, the indicator for the current situation in the eurozone has remained virtually unchanged at a level of minus 10.5 points. 



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More information and studies on the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment and the release dates 2016 (asPDF file, 28 KB) and the historical time series (as Excel file, 81 KB).


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