Debt crisis: German business confidence slumps

Unlike many of its eurozone neighbours, the German economy is still growing, notching up modest growth of 0.3pc in the second quarter, while the eurozone economy as a whole contracted by 0.2pc.
Business confidence in Germany dropped to its lowest level in nearly two and a half years in August, as Europe’s biggest economy increasingly feels the pain from the debt crisis, data showed Monday.

The Ifo economic institute’s closely watched business climate index dropped to 102.3 points in August from 103.2 points in April, a slightly steeper decline than expected.

It was the fourth month in a row that the index has fallen and brings business confidence in Germany down to its lowest level since March 2010.

“The German economy is continuing to falter,” said Ifo president Hans-Werner Sinn.

“The current business situation deteriorated only slightly, but companies expressed greater pessimism regarding future business developments.”

Ifo calculates its headline index on the basis of companies’ assessments of their current business and the outlook for the next six months.

The sub-index measuring current business slipped only slightly to 111.2 points in August from 111.5 points in July, but the outlook sub-index tumbled to 94.2 points in August, its lowest level since June 2009.

“The expectation component has now reached levels which in the past corresponded with recessions,” said ING Belgium economist Carsten Brzeski.


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