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  • 34 News

July 2015

20.07.2015 – ZEW (der/fkr/jpr)

ZEW Business Survey in the Information Economy - Companies in the German Information Economy Sector Are Optimistic

Six months into the year, economic sentiment among the companies in the information economy sector continues to be optimistic, as suggested by the current reading of the Economic Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy. The indicator takes into account the companies' current business situation and business expectations. With a current value of 63.7 points, the sentiment indicator clearly exceeds the critical 50-point mark, signalling a positive economic climate in the information economy. This is the result of a survey in the information economy conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in June 2015. read more

14.07.2015 – ZEW (jrr/dre/jpr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Slight Decline of Economic Sentiment

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany slightly declines in July 2015. Decreasing by 1.8 points compared to the previous month, the index now stands at a level of 29.7 points (long-term average: 24.9 points). "Neither the difficulties in dealing with the Greek sovereign debt crisis nor the turmoil on Chinese financial markets seem to make a strong impression on the financial market experts. Despite the slight decline of the indicator, the overall economic outlook for Germany remains positive", says ZEW President Professor Clemens Fuest. read more

June 2015

11.06.2015 – ZEW (cra/jpr)

1,500 Hidden Champions in Germany: Global Market Leaders' Secret of Success

There are about 1,500 "hidden champions" in Germany. They often go unnoticed in the large corporations' shadow. But these hidden global market leaders are one of the key pillars of the German economy. What is the secret of their success? According to a current study of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) based on the Mannheim Innovation Panel (MIP), hidden champions place notably greater emphasis on innovation than their competitors. read more

01.06.2015 – ZEW (hbo/jpr)

The Nursing-Care Industry in Germany is Struggling with International Recruitment Efforts

German companies remain reluctant to pro-actively recruit foreign workers. The logic of the former recruitment ban continues to be too strong: since the 1970s, skilled immigration has at best been allowed, but never actively solicited. However, that is precisely what is needed today, as the example of the nursing-care industry in Germany makes clear. Even when companies suffer from a shortage of skilled workers, they struggle with pro-actively obtaining workers from abroad. This is the conclusion of a Bertelsmann Stiftung study focusing on the nursing-care industry as an example. Hardly any other industry has such great difficulties in finding qualified staff. read more

May 2015

22.05.2015 – ZEW (ole/ggr/jpr)

Calculation of Rent Indexes Has Room for Improvement

Due to the imminent introduction of a legal cap on rental prices for new lettings, indices on local reference rents ("Mietspiegel") will become central means of control in the German housing market. This will unfold immediate effects on landlords and tenants. Consequently, the German government intends to amend the legal regulations relevant to the calculation of what is known as the qualified rent index. This index is assumed to reflect the level of local reference rents and must be constructed on the basis of scientific principles. The existing legal regulations demand application of scientific principles when constructing the rent index, but they do not yet substantiate any legally binding standards for concrete scientific practices and methodological techniques. read more

19.05.2015 – ZEW (jrr/dre/jpr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Optimism Declines

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany declines in May 2015. Decreasing by 11.4 points compared to the previous month, the index now stands at 41.9 points (long-term average: 24.9 points). "Financial market experts have adjusted their optimistic expectations downward in May due to unexpectedly poor growth figures in the first quarter of 2015 and turmoil on the stock and bond markets. However, only a small number of survey participants actually expect a deterioration of the economic situation," says ZEW President Professor Clemens Fuest. read more

April 2015

21.04.2015 – ZEW (jrr/dre/jpr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Sentiment Declines Slightly

In April 2015, the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany fell for the first time since October 2014. Compared to the previous month, the indicator has declined by 1.5 points to a reading of 53.3 points (long-term average: 24.8 points). "The German economy is in good shape. A stable labour market and increasing wages are strengthening confidence and boosting consumption. However, the current weakness of the world economy is dampening export prospects and reducing the scope for further improvements of the economic situation in Germany," says ZEW President Professor Clemens Fuest. The assessment of the current situation in Germany has improved notably. Increasing by 15.1 points, the index now stands at 70.2 points. read more

March 2015

17.03.2015 – ZEW (dre/jrr/jpr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Sentiment Remains at a High Level

In March 2015, the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has increased for the fifth consecutive time. Compared to the previous month, the indicator has gained 1.8 points to a reading of 54.8 (long-term average: 24.7 points). This is the indicator's highest value since February 2014. "Economic sentiment in Germany remains at a high level. In particular, the continuing positive development of the domestic economy confirms the expectations of the experts. At the same time, limited progress is being made with regard to solving the Ukraine conflict and the sovereign debt crisis in Greece. This has a dampening effect on sentiment," says ZEW President Professor Clemens Fuest. read more

February 2015

17.02.2015 – ZEW (dre/jrr/jpr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment Increases Slightly

Gaining 4.6 points compared to the previous month, the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany stands at 53.0 points in February 2015 (long-term average: 24.6 points). Reaching its highest value since February of 2014, the indicator has increased for the fourth consecutive time. read more

January 2015

20.01.2015 – ZEW (dre/jrr/jpr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Upward Trend Continues Despite Capital Markets Turmoil

Gaining 13.5 points in January 2015, the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany now stands at 48.4 points (long-term average: 24.5 points). The index has increased for the third consecutive time reaching the highest reading since February 2014. read more

December 2014

16.12.2014 – ZEW (fmo/dre/jpr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment Increases Significantly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany gains 23.4 points in December 2014. Increasing for the second consecutive time, the index now stands at 34.9 points (long-term average: 24.4 points), the highest reading since May 2014. read more

November 2014

18.11.2014 – ZEW (fmo/jrr/dre)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - First Increase in 2014

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany gains 15.1 points in November 2014. Now standing at 11.5 points (long-term average: 24.4 points), the index has returned to positive territory after the previous month's slip into negative territory. read more

08.11.2014 – ZEW (ape/fkr/jpr)

Equal Opportunities in Germany - The West Is Lagging Behind the East

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the opening of the intra-German border made politicians talk about the prospect of "blossoming landscapes" in the new federal states in eastern Germany. What has become of that promising economic perspective? A current study by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) suggests that equal opportunities in Germany have grown since German unification. What is remarkable: The chances to obtain a higher income through personal effort are significantly higher in eastern Germany than in the west. read more

October 2014

27.10.2014 – ZEW (der/ggr/jpr)

German Information Economy - Optimism Prevails Despite Slight Downturn

In the third quarter of 2014, the economic sentiment among companies in the information economy remains positive. Even though the ZEW Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy has recorded a quarter-on-quarter drop by 1.6 points, the high level of 63.1 points signals an ongoing positive development of the sector. read more

23.10.2014 – ZEW (she/fkr/jpr)

The Aftermath of Fukushima - German Nuclear Phase-out Leads to Electricity Price Increases

The Fukushima nuclear disaster cost Germany and its neighbours dear. A study conducted by ZEW shows that Germany's nuclear phase-out led to an increase in electricity costs on the European Energy Exchange by an average of seven per cent in the two years after the accident. read more

14.10.2014 – ZEW (jrr/jpr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Further Economic Slowdown Expected

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany drops by 10.5 points in October 2014 and now stands at minus 3.6 points (long-term average: 24.5 points). Decreasing for the tenth consecutive time, the index has returned to negative territory for the first time since November of 2012. read more

10.10.2014 – ZEW (jeh/fkr/jpr)

German Book Market Will Be Confronted with New Challenges

The German book trade has been facing competition from the rapidly growing sector of online booksellers since the mid-1990s. The increasing spread of e-books is also a widely discussed topic. But what changes have so far actually taken place on the supply side of the German book market? An analysis by ZEW shows that the market is going through a major transition. Traditional booksellers are currently confronted with the challenge of strengthening their position as service providers. read more

September 2014

16.09.2014 – ZEW (fmo/jrr/ggr/jpr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Downward Trend Significantly Slowed

After slight losses (minus 1.7 points) in September, the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany stands at 6.9 points (long-term average: 24.6 points). The indicator has thereby decreased for the ninth consecutive time, although to a much lesser extent than in August. "The downward trend of the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has slowed significantly. However, the economic climate is still characterised by great uncertainty. The risk of a sanction spiral with Russia continues to exist and economic activity in the eurozone remains disappointing. Last but not least, it is difficult to assess potential consequences of Scottish independence," says ZEW President Professor Clemens Fuest. read more

August 2014

12.08.2014 – ZEW (fmo/jrr/jpr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Expectations Decline Significantly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany declines significantly in August 2014. The respective indicator has lost 18.5 points and now stands at 8.6 points (long-term average: 24.6 points). Decreasing for the eighth consecutive time, the indicator has reached its lowest level since December 2012. The current decline is the strongest since June 2012. read more

June 2014

17.06.2014 – ZEW (jrr/fmo/ggr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Expectations Decrease Again

The ZEW Economic Expectations for Germany worsened once again in June 2014. The respective indicator has lost 3.3 points. Now standing at 29.8 points (long-term average: 24.7 points), the indicator has decreased for the sixth time in a row. The recent decrease, however, was notably less significant than the May decrease, when the indicator lost more than ten points. read more

April 2014

15.04.2014 – ZEW (fmo/jri/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Damped Optimism

Economic expectations for Germany have slightly declined in April 2014. The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment has decreased by 3.4 points and now stands at a still remarkable level of 43.2 points (historical average: 24.6 points). The cautious expectations in this month’s survey are likely to be caused by the Ukraine conflict, which is still creating uncertainty. Furthermore, the slight decline in economic expectations has taken place against the backdrop of a very positive evaluation of the current economic situation in Germany. read more

March 2014

18.03.2014 – ZEW (fmo/jri/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Expectations Burdened by Crimea Crisis

Economic Expectations for Germany have worsened in March 2014. The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment has decreased by 9.1 points and now stands at a level of 46.6 points (historical average: 24.6 points). "In this month’s survey the Crimea Crisis is weighing on experts’ economic expectations for Germany. Nevertheless, the indicator’s level suggests that the economic upswing is currently not at risk,” says ZEW President Prof. Dr. Clemens Fuest. The indicator reflecting the expert’s assessment of the current economic situation for Germany has improved by 1.3 points in March, reaching a level of 51.3 points. read more

February 2014

18.02.2014 – ZEW (fmo/jri/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Ecnomic Sentiment - Economic Expectations Decline but Remain at a High Level

Economic Expectations for Germany have declined in February 2014. The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment has decreased by 6.0 points and now stands at a level of 55.7 points (historical average: 24.5 points). read more

January 2014

21.01.2014 – ZEW (fmo/jri/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Ecnomic Sentiment - Positive Sentiment among Financial Market Experts Persists

Hovering at a high level, economic expectations for Germany have moved sideways in this month’s survey. In January 2014 the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment has decreased only marginally by 0.3 points and now stands at the 61.7 points-mark (historical average: 24.4 points). read more

14.01.2014 – ZEW (cra/kbo)

2013 German Innovation Survey - Expenditures on Innovation Rise Though Less Firms Introduced Innovations

Enterprises in Germany are planning to expand innovation expenditure in 2013 and 2014. Having reached an impressive value of EUR 137.4 billion in 2012, the expenditures on innovation of the German economy will increase by 3.7 per cent in 2013, thus reaching EUR 142.6 billion. A further increase of innovation budgets by 3.0 per cent to EUR 146.9 billion is planned for 2014. These are the findings of the current German Innovation Survey, which was carried out in spring and summer of 2013. For this survey, more than 16,100 enterprises from the industry and services sector were asked about their actual and planned expenditures on innovations. The survey is carried out annually by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research as well as the infas Institute for Applied Social Sciences on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. read more

September 2013

17.09.2013 – ZEW (fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Experts more Optimistic

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has increased by 7.6 points in September 2013. The indicator now stands at a level of 49.6 points (historical average: 23.8 points). read more

August 2013

13.08.2013 – ZEW (fmo/jri/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Expectations Improve

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased by 5.7 points in August 2013. The indicator now stands at the 42.0-points mark (historical average: 23.7 points). This is the highest mark since March 2013. read more

May 2013

14.05.2013 – ZEW (fmo/jri/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - ZEW Indicator Remains Unchanged

After a sharp decline last month, the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany moved sideways in May 2013. The indicator gained 0.1 points compared to the previous month and is now hovering at the 36.4-points mark. read more

April 2013

16.04.2013 – ZEW (fmo/jri/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Optimism Subdued

In April 2013 the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has fallen by 12.2 points and is now at a level of 36.3 points. Despite its decline, the indicator currently hovers at its third highest mark within the last 24 months. The current level has only been exceeded in the two preceding months. read more

December 2012

11.12.2012 – zew (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Cautious Optimism

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has increased by 22.6 points in December 2012. It now stands at a level of 6.9 points, thereby reaching positive territory for the first time since May 2012. read more

November 2012

13.11.2012 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Remain Cautious

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has dropped by 4.2 points in November 2012. It now stands at a level of minus 15.7 points. read more

August 2010

04.08.2010 – ZEW (kfi/kbo)

Hong Kong and Singapore Most Attractive Places For German Investors – Large Divide Regarding Tax Burden in Asia-Pacific Region

Hong Kong and Singapore are the particularly attractive for German investors due to tax reasons. For foreign direct investments, German investors only have to shoulder an effective tax burden of 11.8 percent in Hong Kong and 17.3 percent in Singapore. However, on average, taxes are higher for German investors in the Asia/Pacific region, India and Russia than domestic investments in Germany. These are the findings of a recently published study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the University of Oxford. The study analyses the tax burden on German and US-American direct investments in the Asia-Pacific region, India and Russia. read more

February 2008

20.02.2008 – ZEW (mko/kvs)

ZEW Survey Among Financial Market Experts – Customers Have to Expect Additional Closings of Savings Banks and Mutual Savings Banks

The consolidation in the German banking sector will continue in the future. Especially German savings banks and mutual savings banks will close additional branches. On the contrary, foreign private banks will increasingly invest in the establishment of new branches. These are the findings of a recent study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, surveying around 277 financial market experts. read more

November 2007

19.11.2007 – ZEW (gme/kvs)

Business Start-Ups in Germany – Strong Economy Leads to New Corporate Service Providers

In 2006, the number of companies offering corporate services increased considerably. Compared to the previous year, the number of start-ups in this economic sector rose by four per cent. The total number of start-ups in Germany, however, remained relatively constant with 252,000 new businesses in comparison with the previous year. read more


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