Germany Business Confidence October 2018


Germany: Business confidence slips in October

October 25, 2018

Sentiment among German businesses inched down from 103.7 points in September to 102.8 in October, although remained above the 100-point mark that separates optimism from pessimism.

The construction sector was the only sector to record an improvement in sentiment from the previous month in October, thanks to an improvement in the assessment of the current business situation. However, sentiment in the manufacturing, trade and services sectors turned less optimistic. Less satisfaction with the current business situation drove the deterioration in both manufacturing and services industries. Meanwhile, sentiment in the trade sector fell on sliding expectations of the current and expected business situation.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect gross fixed investment to expand 2.9% in 2019, which is down 0.2 percentage points from last month’s forecast. In 2020, the panel sees investment growth moderating to 2.6%.

Author:, Economist

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Germany Business Confidence October 2018

Note: Ifo Business Climate Index, 2015=100.
Source: Ifo Business Survey.

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