France Business Confidence


Confidence among French firms increases in July

The monthly business sentiment index published by the National Statistical Institute (INSEE) inched up from June’s 100 points to 102 points in July. The reading overshot the 100 points the markets had expected. The indicator is now above the long-term 100-point average, which is the benchmark measure the INSEE uses to distinguish between improving and worsening business expectations.

July’s increase reflected that businesses were more optimistic regarding past activity, global order books and general production expectations. However, firms’ assessments regarding personal production expectations deteriorated over the previous month, while businesses’ views regarding their inventories remained stable.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see fixed investment contracting 0.4% in 2015, which is unchanged over the previous month’s estimate. For 2016, the panel sees investment expanding 1.8%.

Author:, Economist

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France Business Confidence July 2015

Note: Value of monthly business sentiment indicator index; long-term avg. at 100.
Source: National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE).

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