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October 2014

15.10.2014 – ZEW (mbo/ggr/jpr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Drop Sharply

In October 2014 economic expectations for Switzerland decline sharply by 23.0 points. The ZEW-CS Indicator slides down to a level of minus 30.7 points, reaching a two-year low. read more

August 2014

13.08.2014 – ZEW (lja/ggr/jpr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Almost Unchanged

The economic expectations for Switzerland improve slightly by 2.4 points in August. The ZEW-CS Indicator now stands at a level of 2.5 points. The ZEW-CS Indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. It is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS), Zurich. read more

July 2014

16.07.2014 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Reach Balanced Level

In July 2014 economic expectations for Switzerland have declined slightly by 4.7 points. The ZEW-CS Indicator now stands at a nearly balanced level of 0.1 points. read more

June 2014

18.06.2014 – ZEW (lja/jpr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Slight Decline in Economic Outlook

Economic expectations for Switzerland decrease slightly by 2.6 points in June 2014. The current reading of the ZEW-CS Indicator of 4.8 points suggests that the present positive economic environment in Switzerland will prevail until the end of the year. The ZEW-CS Indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

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

May 2014

14.05.2014 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Switzerland’s Economic Outlook Remains Stable

Gaining a modest increase of 0.4 points, economic expectations for Switzerland stay almost unchanged in May 2014. The ZEW-CS Indicator’s reading of 7.4 points suggests a stable economic development in Switzerland in the next six months. read more

13.05.2014 – ZEW (fmo/jri/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Expectations Decline

Economic expectations for Germany have worsened in May 2014. The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment has decreased by 10.1 points and now stands at a level of 33.1 points (historical average: 24.7 points). read more

April 2014

17.04.2014 – ZEW (der/ggr)

Positive Economic Sentiment Due to Optimistic Business Expectations

The economic sentiment within the information economy sector has remained positive throughout the first quarter of 2014. Compared to the previous quarter, the ZEW Sentiment Indicator Information Economy has increased slightly by 0.3 points. With a total value of 64.8 points, the indicator clearly exceeds the crucial 50-points mark; undercutting this mark is a sign of impending deterioration of economic sentiment. The sentiment indicator for the entire information economy has performed on an almost constant level, which is eclipsing the opposite trends of the sub-indicators to a certain degree. The slightly weaker assessment of the current business situation is outbalanced by the optimistic expectations for the future economic development. The high figures recorded for the business situation (60.4 points) and business expectations (69.6 points) signal an ongoing positive development of the business situation and an optimistic outlook for the information economy. These are the findings of a survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) among representatives from the information economy in March 2014. read more

17.04.2014 – ZEW (zil/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations Improved

In April 2014 the economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) have improved by 24.0 points. The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region now stands at a level of 32.1 points. Economic expectations for all individual countries have also increased. The indicators for the Czech Republic (up 19.4 points) and Romania (up 18.6 points) have improved most. The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe reflects the financial market experts’ expectations for the CEE region on a six-month time horizon. The indicator has been compiled on a monthly basis together with further financial market data by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim with the support of Erste Group Bank, Vienna, since 2007. read more

16.04.2014 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland: Economic Expectations Decline - Assessment of the Current Economic Situation Improves

In April 2014 economic expectations for Switzerland have decreased by 12.0 points. The ZEW-CS Indicator now stands at a level of 7.0 points, which is still signalling stable economic expectations. The ZEW-CS Indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. It is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). read more

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

20.03.2014 – ZEW (zil/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations Move Sidewards

In March 2014 Economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) have remained roughly unchanged. The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region has declined marginally by 0.9 points to a level of 8.1 points. read more

19.03.2014 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Decrease for the Third Consecutive Month

In March 2014 economic expectations for Switzerland have decreased by 9.7 points reaching a level of 19.0 points. This is the third decline of the ZEW-CS Indicator in a row. Thereby, Economic expectations for Switzerland have lost more than 17 points in the first quarter of 2014. The ZEW-CS Indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. It is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). read more

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

20.02.2014 – ZEW (zil/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations for the CEE Region Decline Once Again

In February 2014, economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) have worsened by 10.9 points. After last month's major drop, the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region reaches 9.0 points, its lowest level since December 2012. read more

19.02.2014 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Sentiment Weakens

Economic expectations for Switzerland have reached a reading of 28.7 points in February 2014. Therefore, the ZEW-CS-Indicator decreases by 7.7 points compared to the previous month. The weaker economic outlook is likely to be caused by the approval of the national referendum to stop mass immigration, which could impact on employment, investments and the general attractiveness of Switzerland as a business location. read more

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

23.01.2014 – ZEW (zil/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations for the CEE Region Decline

In January 2014, economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) have dropped by 17.6 points. The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region now stands at 19.9 points, its lowest level since December 2012. read more

22.01.2014 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Remain Positive

Economic expectations for Switzerland have reached a level of 36.4 points in January 2014. Compared to last month’s reading, this means only a slight decrease of the ZEW-CS-Indicator by 3.0 points. Therefore, the current change should rather be considered as a sideward movement of the indicator, which continues to hover at a high level and thereby sets a positive signal for Switzerland’s economic development. read more

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

20.01.2014 – ZEW (der/ggr)

Economic Sentiment in the Information Economy Remains Positive Despite Slight Setback

Despite a slight setback, the information economy remains optimistic in the new year. This is reflected in the ZEW Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy, which has reached a total of 64.5 points in the fourth quarter of 2013. Even though it has dropped by 1.8 points compared to the previous quarter, it is still well above the crucial 50-points mark. A value below that mark signals a worsening economic sentiment. The slight setback, which is the first in more than a year, can be attributed to an unfavourable development of business expectations for the first quarter of 2014. The corresponding sub-indicator has lost 6.1 points and now stands at 60.8 points. By contrast, the sub-indicator of the business situation in the fourth quarter of 2013 has increased to 68.6 points – most probably due to the year-end business. These are the findings of a survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in the information economy sector in December 2013. read more

December 2013

19.12.2013 – ZEW (zil/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations Decline Slightly

In December 2013 economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE) have slightly decreased. The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region has lost 4.1 points and now stands at a level of 37.5 points. The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe reflects the financial market experts’ expectations for the CEE region on a six-month time horizon. The indicator has been compiled on a monthly basis together with further financial market data by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim with the support of Erste Group Bank, Vienna, since 2007. read more

18.12.2013 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Positive Economic Outlook only Dampened by Stock Market Expectations

In December 2013 economic expectations for Switzerland have increased by 7.8 points. Accordingly, the ZEW-CS-Indicator of economic expectations has reached the 39.4 points-mark. This level was reached for the last time in May 2010 when the Eurozone crisis was in its early stages. The ZEW-CS Indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. It is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). read more

17.12.2013 – ZEW (fmo/ggr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Optimism Continues

Economic expectations for Germany have improved by 7.4 points in December 2013. The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany now stands at 62.0 points (historical average: 24.2 points). This is the indicator’s best result since April 2006. read more

November 2013

21.11.2013 – ZEW (zil/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations for the CEE Region Improve

In November 2013 economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE) have improved by 7.0 points. Thus, the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region now stands at a level of 41.6 points. The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe reflects the financial market experts’ expectations for the CEE region on a six-month time horizon. The indicator has been compiled on a monthly basis together with further financial market data by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim with the support of Erste Group Bank, Vienna, since 2007. read more

19.11.2013 – ZEW (fmo/ggr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Confidence Continues to Grow

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has increased by 1.8 points in November 2013. The indicator now stands at a level of 54.6 points (historical average: 24.1 points), its highest mark since October 2009. read more

October 2013

22.10.2013 – ZEW (der/ggr)

Media Service Providers Restore Positive Sentiment After a Long Dry Spell

Economic sentiment in the information economy has continued to improve in the third quarter of 2013. The ZEW Economic Sentiment Indicator in the Information Economy has increased by four points compared to the previous quarter and reaches a total of 66.3 points. The companies' assessment of their business situation in the third quarter as well as their business expecations for the fourth quarter are extremely positive. Reaching values of 65.7 points and 66.9 points, both sub-indicators gain stability on a high level. Sentiment in the media industry, which used to be the sector’s "problem child", also brightened up significantly. These are the findings of a survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in the information economy sector in September 2013. read more

16.10.2013 – ZEW (lja/ggr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Improve Once Again

In October 2013 economic expectations for Switzerland increased markedly by 8.6 points. This is the fourth consecutive improvement. Accordingly, the ZEW-CS-Indicator of economic expectations has reached the 24.9 points-mark, which is the highest reading over the past three years. The ZEW-CS Indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. It is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). read more

15.10.2013 – ZEW (fmo/ggr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Experts Remain Optimistic

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has increased by 3.2 points in October 2013. The indicator now stands at a level of 52.8 points (historical average: 23.9 points), its highest mark since April 2010. read more

September 2013

18.09.2013 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Improve Significantly

In September 2013 economic expectations for Switzerland increased markedly by 9.1 points. Accordingly, the ZEW-CS-Indicator of economic expectations has reached the 16.3 points-mark, which is the highest reading since April 2013. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

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

20.08.2013 – ZEW (joh/ggr)

Information Economy - More and More People Are Able to Work Outside the Office

Location-independent working is on the rise. Thanks to modern communication technologies, an increasing number of people are able to carry their work with them wherever they go, allowing them to be of service to their clients, colleagues and superiors no matter where they are. A representative business survey in the information economy concluded by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) shows that such statements are no longer visions, but have become real. read more

14.08.2013 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Increasing Confidence

In August 2013 economic expectations for Switzerland increased slightly by 2.4 points. Accordingly, the ZEW-CS Indicator of economic expectations now stands at 7.2 points. This could be a first indication that economic expectations might slide over to a gentle upward trend after three consecutive months on a stable level. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

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

July 2013

17.07.2013 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Remain Stable

In July 2013 economic expectations for Switzerland increased slightly by 2.6 points. Accordingly, the ZEW-CS Indicator of economic expectations reached the 4.8-pointsmark. The economic sentiment indicator for Switzerland has thus remained at a low but stable level for the last three months. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

16.07.2013 – ZEW (fmo/jri/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - ZEW Indicator Slightly Weaker

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany slightly declined in July 2013. The indicator fell by 2.2 points compared to the previous month and is now hovering at the 36.3-pointsmark (historical average: 23.7 points). read more

15.07.2013 – ZEW (der/ggr)

Persisting Optimism in the Information Economy Sector

Sentiment has improved in the information economy for the third time in a row since the second quarter of 2013. Increasing slightly by one point, as compared to the previous quarter, the ZEW Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy reaches a value of 62.3 points, the highest level in two years. The slight increase of the Sentiment Indicator is attributable to a significantly more positive evaluation of the current business situation. In comparison to the first quarter of 2013, the corresponding sub-indicator increases by 5.5 per cent and now stands at 59.8 points. This is the result of the June-survey by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) on the business situation in the information economy (see details on the survey at the end of the press release). read more

June 2013

19.06.2013 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Unchanged

In June 2013 the ZEW-CS Indicator of economic expectations for Switzerland remains at the level of 2.2 points. This level exactly equals the balance of the previous month’s expectations. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

18.06.2013 – ZEW (fmo/jri/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - ZEW Indicator Slightly Improved

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has slightly improved in June 2013. The indicator has gained 2.1 points compared to the previous month and is now hovering at the 38.5 points-mark. read more

May 2013

15.05.2013 – ZEW/CS (lja/ggr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Cede Last Month's Gains

In May 2013 the ZEW-CS Indicator of economic expectations for Switzerland falls by 17.8 points to a level of 2.2 points. Thereby, last month’s significant gains are lost and the indicator falls back to the level of March 2013. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

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

22.04.2013 – ZEW (der/ggr)

Optimism Increases Among the Companies of the Information Economy

The economic sentiment within the economic sector of the information economy has improved further during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the ZEW Sentiment Indicator Information Economy increases by 2.8 points and now reaches a level of 61.3 points. It has been crucial for this increase that the companies assess the future business development clearly more optimistically than during the final quarter of 2012. The sub-indicator of business expectations increases by 13.5 points to 69.1 points, which more than outweighs the decrease in the previous quarter. This is the result of a survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in March 2013 within the information economy (further information regarding the survey at the bottom of the press release). read more

17.04.2013 – ZEW (lja/ggr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Approach Three-Year-High

In April 2013 the ZEW-CS Indicator of economic expectations for Switzerland, continues its race to catch up which had started in October 2012 and was temporarily interrupted last month. The indicator increases by 17.7 points to a level of 20.0 points. This is the highest level since May 2010. At that time the indicator amounted to 40.5 points. This month’s positive change reflects financial analysts’ growing optimism towards Switzerland’s economic outlook. read more

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

March 2013

20.03.2013 – ZEW/CS (lja/ggr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Decline

The ZEW-CS Indicator of economic expectations for Switzerland has been rising for several months in a row – in March 2013, it is declining for the first time since October 2012. The indicator decreases by 7.7 points to a level of 2.3 points, thereby stabilising close to the neutral level of zero. This development suggests that the analysts surveyed expect a stable economic situation until this year’s third quarter. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

19.03.2013 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Experts Remain Optimistic

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has increased by 0.3 points in March 2013. The indicator now stands nearly unchanged at a level of 48.5 points. Hence, after three substantial increases between December 2012 and February 2013, the indicator has stabilised in March at a respectable level. read more

February 2013

19.02.2013 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Further Increase of Confidence

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has increased by 16.7 points in February 2013. The indicator now stands at a level of 48.2 points. This is the third increase in a row. read more

January 2013

23.01.2013 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Outlook Improves Once Again

Economic expectations for Switzerland have improved by 8.6 points in January 2013, raising the ZEW-CS Indicator to a level of minus 6.9 points. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

22.01.2013 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Increasing Optimism

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has increased by 24.6 points in January 2013. The indicator now stands at a level of 31.5 points, thereby reaching its highest level since May 2010. read more

21.01.2013 – ZEW (der/ggr)

2013 Starts with Cautious Expectations for the Information Economy

In the first quarter of 2013, optimism among the companies of the information economy concerning the economic trend in the sector has waned. Contrary to these expectations, the companies assess their current business situation significantly more positive than a few months ago. These are the findings of a survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in the information economy sector in December 2012. read more

December 2012

12.12.2012 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Outlook Brightened Up

Economic expectations for Switzerland have improved by 12.4 points in December 2012, raising the ZEW-CS Indicator to minus 15.5 points. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

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

14.11.2012 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Outlook Unchanged

Economic expectations for Switzerland remain nearly unchanged in November 2012, hovering at minus 27.9 points. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

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

October 2012

22.10.2012 – ZEW (ggr/msu)

Growing Optimism in the Information Economy

In spite of a slight decrease by 0.5 points to a level of 57.6 points, the ZEW Sentiment Indicator Information Economy again lies above the crucial 50-points mark in the third quarter of 2012. The majority of companies, hence, expect a positive economic development of the sector. The economic sentiment in the information economy has already been remaining relatively stable since the third quarter of 2011, and by the end of this year, further improvement is expected. Even in the sub-sector of media service providers, where estimations have been rather bleak since the beginning of the year, optimism gradually spreads. Expectations for the coming months have brightened up noticeably. These are the findings of the quarterly survey among companies in the information economy in Germany, conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. read more

17.10.2012 – ZEW/CS (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Outlook Improves Slightly

Economic expectations for Switzerland have improved by 6.0 points to the minus-28.9-points mark in October 2012. Thus, the ZEW-CS Indicator of Economic Sentiment has increased by a total of 14.5 points since June 2012. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

16.10.2012 – zew (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Improve Slightly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has increased by 6.7 points in October 2012. It is now standing at a level of minus 11.5 points. This is the second increase of the indicator in a row. read more

September 2012

19.09.2012 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Broadly Stable Economic Outlook

Economic expectations for Switzerland declined slightly by 1.6 points in September 2012. Thus, the ZEW-CS-Indicator of Economic Sentiment has hardly changed and hovers at the minus 34.9 points mark. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

18.09.2012 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Expectations Brighten up Slightly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased by 7.3 points in September 2012. It is now standing at a level of minus 18.2 points. This is the indicator’s first increase after four declines in a row. read more

August 2012

16.08.2012 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Outlook Less Pessimistic

In August 2012 economic expectations for Switzerland improved by 9.2 points compared to the July reading. The ZEW-CS Indicator thus reaches a level of minus 33.3 points. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

14.08.2012 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Decline Further

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has dropped by 5.9 points in August 2012. It now stands at a level of minus 25.5 points. This is the lowest value of the indicator in 2012 so far. Nevertheless, the indicator is well above the negative balance it reached during the financial crisis. In 2008 economic expectations temporarily dropped below the minus 60 points-mark. read more

July 2012

23.07.2012 – ZEW (ggr/msu)

Information Economy in Germany - Significant Changes While Sentiment Remains Positive

At first sight, the economic sentiment of the companies in the information economy being surveyed by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) on a quarterly basis seems unchanged. With a minus of 0.3 points and a current value of 58.1 points in the June survey, the ZEW Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy lies above the crucial 50-points mark again in the second quarter of 2012. A positive economic development can thus be expected during the next months. Taking a look on the sub-indicators which compose the ZEW Sentiment Indicator Information Economy, however, shows that there are indeed remarkable changes. These changes can primarily be traced back to the ICT sector which is especially important for the information economy. read more

18.07.2012 – ZEW (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Stabilize

Economic expectations for Switzerland have improved slightly by 0.9 points in July 2012. The ZEW-CS-Indicator is now standing at minus 42.5 points. The share of analysts expecting the economic development in Switzerland to stay unchanged over the next six months has grown by 5.9 percentage points to 53.7 per cent. After the steep fall in the past month, the economic expectations seem to have stabilized at a low level in July. read more

17.07.2012 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Decline Slightly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has dropped by 2.7 points in July 2012. This represents the third decline in a row. The indicator is now standing at a level of minus 19.6 points. This value is below the indicator's historical average of 24.0 points. read more

June 2012

20.06.2012 – ZEW (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Expectations Deteriorate

The ZEW-CS-Indicator dropped by 39.4 points to minus 43.4 points in June 2012. After a surprisingly strong first quarter, the surveyed financial market experts expect that economic growth in Switzerland will slow down considerably in the second half of the year. read more

19.06.2012 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Fall Sharply

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has decreased by 27.7 points to a level of minus 16.9 points in June 2012. This is the indicator's strongest decline since October 1998. The worsening of the situation in the Spanish banking sector and the insecurity about the outcome of the Greek general election, which had been lasting for most of the survey period, have likely contributed to the sharp decline of the indicator. read more

May 2012

16.05.2012 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Tarnish

Economic expectations for Switzerland have dropped by 6.1 points in May 2012. Thus, the ZEW-CS-Indicator currently manoeuvres at the minus 4.0 points-mark. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

15.05.2012 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Expectations Deteriorate

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has decreased by 12.6 points to a level of 10.8 points in May 2012. Thus, the indicator has deteriorated for the first time after five consecutive increases. read more

April 2012

23.04.2012 – ZEW (msu/ggr)

Information Economy: Tarnished Situation – Positive Outlook

After a slight recovery during the fourth quarter of 2011, the economic sentiment within the information economy has again tarnished slightly during the first quarter of 2012. The Economic Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy drops by 3.2 points to 58.4 points during the first quarter. But, with a value of more than 50 points, it still indicates a positive development. This is the finding of the economy survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, Germany, in March 2012 within the information economy sector. read more

18.04.2012 – ZEW/CS (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Stable Economic Outlook in April

Reaching the 2.1 points-mark in April 2012, economic sentiment for Switzerland manoeuvres at a slightly higher level compared to the March reading. Due to this month’s improvement by 2.1 points the ZEW-CS Indicator stabilises at positive territory. The ZEW-CS-Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

17.04.2012 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Expectations Almost Unchanged

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has increased by 1.1 points to a level of 23.4 points in April 2012. Thus, the indicator has risen for the fifth consecutive time. read more

March 2012

14.03.2012 – ZEW/CS (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland: Economic Expectations Reach Balanced Level

In March 2012 economic sentiment for Switzerland has improved markedly by 21.2 points and is now balanced at the 0.0 level. This is the third consecutive increase of the ZEW-CS-Indicator. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

13.03.2012 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Positive Outlook Confirmed

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has increased by 16.9 points to a level of 22.3 points in March 2012. Thus, the indicator has risen for the fourth consecutive time. It displays its highest level since June 2010. read more

February 2012

15.02.2012 – ZEW/CS (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland: Economic Outlook Improves Considerably

Economic expectations for Switzerland have increased markedly for the second consecutive month. The ZEW-CS-Indicator has gained 28.9 points and reached the minus 21.2 mark in February 2012. The ZEW-CS-Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

14.02.2012 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Optimism Rises Considerably

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has increased by 27.0 points to a level of 5.4 points in February 2012. The indicator reaches thus positive territory for the first time since May 2011. A higher value was last seen in April 2011. read more

January 2012

23.01.2012 – ZEW (joh/ggr)

Information Industry - Mainly Positive Assessment of the Labour Market Situation in the First Quarter of 2012

In the first three months of 2012, the employment situation in the German information industry is mainly positive. Approximately two thirds of the companies active in this economic sector plan to operate with a stable number of employees. 24 per cent plan to hire staff and approximately 10 per cent intend to reduce the number of employees. On balance, subtracting the negative from the positive shares of expectations, 14 per cent of the companies engaged in the information industry plan to increase their manpower. Thus, the positive labour market situation already observed in the fourth quarter of 2011 stabilises. These are the findings of a representative survey conducted in December 2011 by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in cooperation with Creditreform in Neuss. read more

19.01.2012 – ZEW (msu/ggr)

Information Industry in Germany - Turnaround of Economic Sentiment in the ICT Sector

In the fourth quarter of 2011, the information industry in Germany has recovered slightly from the weak economic sentiment during the third quarter. The ZEW Economic Sentiment Indicator for the Information Industry increases by five points to 61.6. This improvement of the economic sentiment in the fourth quarter is mainly due to the developments in the ICT sector, which has recovered considerably after a strong decline in the previous quarter. These are the findings of an economic survey conducted in December 2011 by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in cooperation with Creditreform, Neuss, among representatives from the information industry. read more

18.01.2012 – ZEW (gla/ggr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Expectations Improve

The ZEW-CS-Indicator rebounded in January 2012, increasing by 21.9 points to minus 50.1 points. This is the strongest increase since April 2011 and the highest level of the indicator since June 2011. read more

17.01.2012 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Improve Noticeably

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has increased by 32.2 points in January 2012. The indicator now stands at minus 21.6 points. This is the highest level of the indicator since July 2011. Nevertheless, the indicator is still below its historical average of 24.5 points. read more

December 2011

14.12.2011 – ZEW (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Expectations Deteriorate Further

The ZEW-CS Indicator dropped by 7.7 points to minus 72.0 points in December 2011. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

13.12.2011 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Downward Trend of Economic Expectations Has Come to a Halt

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has increased by 1.4 points in December 2011. The indicator now stands at the minus 53.8 level. This slight increase marks the end of a nine-month lasting downward trend. The current value is below the indicator’s historical average of 24.6 points. read more

November 2011

29.11.2011 – ZEW (fmo/ggr)

ZEW Survey Among Financial Market Experts – Inflation Risk in the Eurozone Decreases During the Next Year

During the next year, a slight decrease in the Eurozone’s inflation rate can be expected. At least, this is the opinion of the majority of the 238 financial market experts surveyed by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, in November 2011. The experts estimate an average inflation rate of 2.52 per cent for 2012. Compared with 2011, for which they forecast an inflation rate of 2.65 per cent, this would mean a slight decrease. This assessment may be explained mainly by the tarnishing economic outlook. read more

17.11.2011 – ZEW/CS (gla/ggr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Expectations Remain Dampened

Economic expectations for Switzerland decreased in November 2011. The relevant ZEW-CS-Indicator dropped by 9.9 points to the minus 64.3 threshold. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

15.11.2011 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Deteriorate once more

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has decreased by 6.9 points in November 2011. This is the ninth decline in a row. The indicator now stands at minus 55.2 points. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 25.0 points. A lower value of the indicator was last seen in October 2008. read more

October 2011

31.10.2011 – ZEW (msu/ggr)

Information Industry - Rapid Diffusion of Tablet PCs

The utilisation of tablet PCs among companies of the information industry is rapidly growing. Already 25 per cent of the companies provide their staff with tablets. This number is expected to grow by another 12 per cent until the end of 2012. These are the findings of a survey among companies of the information industry conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in cooperation with Creditreform, Neuss, in September 2011. read more

27.10.2011 – ZEW (msu/ggr)

Information Industry – Noticeable Decrease of Sentiment within the ICT Sector

After having peaked during the second quarter of 2011, the sentiment in the economic sector of information industry has tarnished noticeably during the third quarter. The ZEW Sentiment Indicator Information Industry drops by 13.6 points to 56.6 points. The negative development is mainly caused by the decrease of sentiment in the information and communication industry. The indicator for this sector drops by 25 points. This is the result of the newly shaped economic survey, conducted in September 2011 by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in cooperation with Creditreform, Neuss. read more

20.10.2011 – ZEW/CS (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Improve

After the ZEW-CS Indicator declined for five consecutive months economic expectations for Switzerland have currently retreated from the decreases. In October 2011, the ZEW-CS-Indicator improved by 21.3 points to the minus 54.4-point mark. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

18.10.2011 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Expectations Weaken Once Again

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has decreased by 5.0 points in October 2011. This is the eighth decline in a row. The indicator now stands at minus 48.3 points. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 25.3 points. A lower value of the indicator was seen last in November 2008. read more

September 2011

23.09.2011 – ZEW (zil/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations for the CEE Region Decrease

The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE) has declined by 11.6 points in September 2011 for the fourth consecutive month. The indicator now stands at the minus 38.0 mark. The economic sentiment indicator for the CEE region and further financial market data have been surveyed monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, with the support of Erste Group Bank, Vienna, since 2007. read more

22.09.2011 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo/eje)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Decrease

Economic expectations for Switzerland decreased in September 2011. The relevant ZEW-CS Indicator dropped by 4.3 points to the minus 75.7 threshold. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

20.09.2011 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Continue to Decline

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has dropped by 5.7 points in September 2011. This is the seventh decline in a row. The indicator now stands at minus 43.3 points. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 25.6 points. A lower value of the indicator was seen last in December 2008. read more

August 2011

25.08.2011 – ZEW/CS (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Pessimism Still Prevails

According to the latest ZEW-CS-Indicator, economic expectations for Switzerland have diminished for the fourth month in a row. In August, the indicator plunged by 12.5 points to the minus 71.4-point mark, thus reaching an extraordinarily low level. The ZEW-CS-Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

23.08.2011 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Expectations and Assessment of Current Situation Slump

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has dropped by 22.5 points in August 2011. The indicator now stands at minus 37.6 points. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 25.9 points. read more

July 2011

25.07.2011 – ZEW (msu/ggr)

Service Providers of the Information Society -Europe Is most Important Market for Internationally Operating Companies

Around 39 per cent of the companies in the economic sector service providers of the information society operate abroad and sell their products and services in different regions worldwide. This international orientation opens up new sales opportunities to internationally active companies and increases their competitiveness. The main focus of their international activities is on Europe. These are the findings of a business survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in cooperation with Creditreform, Neuss. The survey was conducted in June 2011 in the economic sector service providers of the information society (see details at end of press release). read more

21.07.2011 – ZEW/Creditreform (msu/ggr)

Service Providers of the Information Society - Economic Sentiment Among Companies in the Economic Sector Remains Positive

The economic sentiment among companies in the economic sector service providers of the information society remains positive in the middle of 2011. Neither strong increases nor decreases in the indicators for the business situation or the business expectations for the third quarter of 2011 could be observed. Accordingly, the ZEW-IDI, the economic sentiment indicator for the whole economic sector of service providers of the information society, has increased only slightly by 0.3 points in the second quarter of 2011. It now stands at 62.7 points. This is still significantly above the critical value of 50 points. A ZEW-IDI value above 50 points indicates a better economic sentiment in comparison to the previous quarter. These are the findings of the business survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)in Mannheim in cooperation with Creditreform, Neuss. The survey was conducted in June 2011 in the economic sector service providers of the information society. read more

21.07.2011 – ZEW (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Drop Significantly

Economic expectations for Switzerland dropped by 34.6 points to the minus 58.9-point mark in July 2011. This is the lowest level since the beginning of 2009. The ZEW-CS-Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

19.07.2011 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Declined

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has dropped by 6.1 points in July 2011. The indicator now stands at minus 15.1 points. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 26.2 points. read more

June 2011

24.06.2011 – ZEW/Erste Group Bank (zil/ggr)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Central and Eastern European Countries: Plunge of Economic Expectations

The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE) decreases by 23.4 points to minus 2.5 points in June 2011. read more

22.06.2011 – ZEW/CS (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Outlook Diminishes Once Again

Economic expectations for Switzerland have diminished for the second month in a row. The ZEW-CS-Indicator has dropped by 12.8 points to the minus 24.3 mark in June. The ZEW-CS-Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

21.06.2011 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Considerably Weaker

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has dropped by 12.1 points in June 2011. The indicator now stands at minus 9.0 points. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 26.3 points. read more

May 2011

20.05.2011 – ZEW/Erste Group Bank (zil/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE): Economic Expectations Almost Unchanged in Central and Eastern Europe – Major Decline in Inflation Concerns

The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE) has slightly increased by 2.2 points to 20.9 points in May 2011. The indicator for the inflation concerns in the CEE region has displayed a double digit drop by 23.9 points in this month’s survey. This is the first decline of the indicator in this year and the largest decrease among all economies included in the survey. read more

19.05.2011 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Drop Significantly

Economic expectations for Switzerland deteriorated in May 2011. The relevant ZEW-CS-Indicator dropped by 20.3 points to the minus 11.5 threshold. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

17.05.2011 – ZEW (cdi/mfo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Somewhat Weaker Expectations

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has dropped by 4.5 points in May 2011. The indicator now stands at 3.1 points. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 26.5 points. read more

April 2011

15.04.2011 – ZEW/ Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)- Economic Expectations for Central and Eastern Europe Recover Slightly

The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE) has increased by 4.8 points to 18.7 points in April 2011. The economic sentiment indicator for the CEE region and further financial market data have been surveyed monthly since 2007 by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, with the support of Erste Group Bank, Vienna. read more

14.04.2011 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Brighten up Again

Economic expectations for Switzerland brightened up again in April 2011, with the relevant ZEW-CS-Indicator edging up 22.3 points to the 8.8 threshold, moving into positive territory again for the first time since August 2010. The ZEW-CS-Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

14.04.2011 – ZEW/Creditreform (msu/ggr)

Service Providers of the Information Society - Deterioration of the Business Situation Discourages Economic Sentiment

The overall sentiment in the sector of service providers of the information society has tarnished in the first quarter of the year 2011 in comparison to the quarter immediately prior to it. To a significant extent, this is due to the deterioration of the business situation. Accordingly, the ZEW-IDI drops by 4.4 points in the first quarter of 2011 to a level of 62.4 points. Even though the direct contrast with the previous quarter suggests a lower value, a ZEW-IDI above 50 points indicates an arguably improved economic sentiment with respect to the previous quarter. This is the result of the business survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in a collaborative effort with Creditreform, Neuss, in March 2011 in the sector of service providers of the information society. (Details shall be provided at the end of press release) read more

12.04.2011 – ZEW (cdi/mfo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Cautious Expectations

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has dropped by 6.5 points in April 2011. The indicator now stands at 7.6 points. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 26.6 points. read more

March 2011

17.03.2011 – ZEW/ Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)- Economic Expectations for Central and Eastern Europe Decline

The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE) has declined by 10.6 points to 13.9 points in March 2011. The weaker expectations for the economic development in Poland and Slovakia have mainly burdened the outlook for the CEE region in the current survey. The disastrous incidents in Japan didn’t show any influence on the assessment of the polled financial market experts. The answers of the experts concerning the expected economic development in the CEE region on a six-month time horizon which were collected prior to the severe earthquake do not significantly differ from the answers collected after the initial strong earthquake. read more

16.03.2011 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Brighten up Slightly

Economic expectations for Switzerland brightened up again in March, with the relevant ZEW-CS-Indicator edging up 3.7 points to the minus 13.5 mark. The ZEW-CS-Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six-month time horizon. read more

15.03.2011 – ZEW (cdi/mfo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Drop Slightly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has dropped by 1.6 points in March 2011. The indicator now stands at 14.1 points. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 26.7 points. read more

February 2011

18.02.2011 – ZEW/Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations for Central and Eastern Europe Brighten Up

The ZEW-Erste Group Bank CEE Economic Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) has increased by 8.3 points to 24.5 points in February. The improvement of the economic expectations for the CEE region on a six month time horizon can be mainly ascribed to the positive outlook for the economies in Hungary and Poland. The economic sentiment indicator for the CEE region and further financial market data have been surveyed monthly since 2007 by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, with the support of Erste Group Bank, Vienna. read more

17.02.2011 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Almost Unchanged

Economic expectations for Switzerland brightened up just marginally in February, with the relevant ZEW-CS-Indicator edging up by only 1.2 points to the minus 17.2 mark. The ZEW-CS-Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six month time horizon. read more

15.02.2011 – ZEW (cdi/mfo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Remain Stable

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has remained almost unchanged in February 2011. The indicator has climbed by 0.3 points and now stands at 15.7 points. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 26.7 points. read more

January 2011

21.01.2011 – ZEW/Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Weaker Economic Expectations for Turkey Weight on CEE Sentiment

The ZEW-Erste Group Bank CEE Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) has dropped by 6.5 points to 16.2 points in January 2011. The economic expectations for the CEE region on a six months time horizon are mostly influenced by the cautious expectations for Turkey. The economic expectations for the CEE region and other financial market data are surveyed monthly since 2007 by ZEW, Mannheim, with the support of Erste Group Bank, Vienna. read more

20.01.2011 – ZEW/CS (kbo/gla)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland: Expectations Slightly Diminished

Economic expectations for Switzerland turned out to be somewhat more moderate in January 2011, with the relevant ZEW-CS-Indicator edging down by 5.9 points to the minus 18.4 mark. The ZEW-CS-Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six month time horizon. read more

18.01.2011 – ZEW (cdi/mfo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Expectations Brighten Up

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has climbed by 11.1 points in January 2011. The indicator now stands at 15.4 points after 4.3 points in the previous month. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 26.8 points. read more

13.01.2011 – ZEW/Creditreform (msu/ggr)

Service Providers of the Information Society - Companies in the Economic Sector Still Optimistic

In the fourth quarter of 2010, the sentiment in the economic sector of service providers of the information society continued to improve in comparison to the previous quarter. A reason for this is, in particular, the very positive development of the current business situation in the economic sector. Thus, the ZEW-IDI, the economic sentiment indicator for the whole economic sector of service providers of the information society, increased by 4.4 points in the fourth quarter of 2010 and now stands at a value of 66.8 points. A ZEW-IDI value above 50 points indicates a better economic sentiment in comparison to the previous quarter. These are the findings of a business survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Creditreform, Neuss. The survey was conducted in December 2010 in the economic sector service providers of the information society (see details at end of press release). read more

December 2010

16.12.2010 – ZEW/ Erste Group Bank (mbo/ggr)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Reduced economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe

The ZEW-Erste Group Bank CEE Indicator has dropped by 8.7 points in December 2010, now noting at 22.7 points. This reflects more cautious economic expectations on a six-months time horizon for Central and Eastern Europe, including Turkey (CEE) compared to the previous month. Economic sentiment and other financial market data for the CEE region are collected on a monthly basis by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, in cooperation with the Erste Group Bank, Vienna. read more

15.12.2010 – ZEW/CS (gla/ggr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic outlook brightens up

Economic expectations for Switzerland brighten up in December. In the wake of some weak previous months, the relevant indicator edged up by 18.4 points, reaching the minus 12.5 mark. The ZEW-CS-Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six month time horizon. read more

14.12.2010 – ZEW (cdi/mfo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Almost Unchanged

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has climbed by 2.5 points in December 2010. The indicator now stands at 4.3 points after 1.8 points in the previous month. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 26.8 points. read more

November 2010

19.11.2010 – ZEW/ Erste Group Bank (mbo/ggr)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations for Central and Eastern Europe Improve

The ZEW- Erste Group Bank CEE indicator rises by 12.1 points reaching 31.4 points in November. Thus, the economic expectations on a six months time horizon for the Central and Eastern Europe region including Turkey (CEE-region) improve significantly in the current survey in comparison to the previous month. The economic sentiment indicators for the CEE region are surveyed monthly together with other financial market data by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, with the support of the Erste Group Bank, Vienna. read more

18.11.2010 – ZEW/CS (gla/ggr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Diminish Slightly

Economic expectations for Switzerland continued to deteriorate slightly in November. In the wake of the much more significant decline in the previous month, the relevant indicator edged down by 3.4 points, reaching the minus 30.9 mark. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six month time horizon. read more

16.11.2010 – ZEW (cdi/mfo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Rise

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has climbed by 9.0 points in November 2010. The indicator now stands at 1.8 points after minus 7.2 points in the previous month. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 26.9 points. read more

October 2010

22.10.2010 – ZEW/ Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Inclusion of Turkey into the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe

Since October, the ZEW-Erste Group survey for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE region) has expanded by the inclusion of Turkey. Thus, the analyzed CEE region comprises one additional country and the assessment of the financial market experts from Turkey is incorporated in the calculation of all indicators. Furthermore, separate indicators are formed for Turkey. Due to these changes a direct comparison of the current results with the results from the previous months is not entirely possible. read more

21.10.2010 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Expectations Deteriorate Significantly

Economic expectations for Switzerland continued to diminish significantly in October. The ZEW-CS Indicator dropped by 22.4 points, dipping into very negative territory at minus 27.5 points. The ZEW-CS Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). The indicator reflects the expectations of the surveyed financial market experts regarding the economic development in Switzerland on a six month time horizon. read more

19.10.2010 – ZEW (cdi/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Slightly Diminished

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has dropped slightly by 2.9 points in October 2010. The indicator now stands at minus 7.2 points after minus 4.3 points in the previous month. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 27.0 points. read more

14.10.2010 – ZEW (jme/ggr)

Service Providers of the Information Society - ICT Service Providers Boost Sentiment

In the third quarter 2010, the sentiment in the economic sector of service providers of the information society consisting of ICT service providers and knowledge intensive service providers is optimistic. "The reason for this development is that the situation for ICT service providers has considerably improved. This, in turn, is due to the firms’ optimistic assessment of the business situation in this sub-sector," says Jenny Meyer, researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. Among the ICT service providers, i.e. software businesses, IT services, ICT specialised trade and telecommunication services, particularly firms in the software and IT services sector are the driving force behind this development. More than 50 percent of these firms report an increase in sales and a majority reports increasing demand in the third quarter 2010. These are the findings of a business survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Creditreform, Neuss. The survey was conducted in September 2010 in the economic sector service providers of the information society. read more

September 2010

16.09.2010 – ZEW/ Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE): Economic Recovery in Central and Eastern Europe Slows Down

The economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) decline by 3.2 points in September. The CEE indicator which reflects the assessment of the financial market experts regarding the economic development in the CEE region on a six months time horizon reaches the 17.3 points mark. Nearly half of the survey participants do not predict any change regarding the development of the business cycle for the next half year in the CEE region. These "neutral" answers, however, do not flow into the calculation of the indicator itself. The economic expectations for the CEE region are surveyed monthly together with other financial market data by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) with support of the Erste Group Bank. read more

15.09.2010 – ZEW/CS (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Expectations Deteriorate

The ZEW-CS-Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Switzerland has declined by 14.2 points, retreating to the minus 5.1 mark in September. In the wake of a short-lived improvement in August, the Indicator has diminished considerably in September, dropping to the lowest level since April 2009. This is revealed by the current Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). read more

14.09.2010 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Decrease Strongly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany drops by 18.3 points in September 2010. The indicator now stands at minus 4.3 points after 14.0 points in the previous month. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 27.2 points. read more

August 2010

20.08.2010 – ZEW/ Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Sentiment Indicators for Central and Eastern Europe Recover

The economic sentiment indicator CEE which reflects the assessment of the financial market experts regarding the economic development in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) on a six months time horizon increases by 9.1 points in August. Thus, the economic expectations reach the 20.5 points mark. The economic expectations for the CEE region are surveyed monthly together with other financial market data by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) with the support of the Erste Group Bank, Vienna. read more

19.08.2010 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Expectations somewhat more upbeat

Economic Expectations for Switzerland brighten up again somewhat in August. The relevant ZEW-CS-Indicator recorded a gain of 6.9 points, reaching the 9.1 mark. This is revealed by the current Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). read more

17.08.2010 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Slight Decrease

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany drops by 7.2 points in August 2010. The indicator now stands at 14.0 points after 21.2 points in the previous month. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 27.3 points. read more

July 2010

16.07.2010 – ZEW/Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Cautious Economic Outlook for Central and Eastern Europe

The economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) decrease by 9.0 points in July. The CEE indicator which reflects the evaluation of the financial market experts regarding the economic development on a six months time horizon reaches 11.4 points in this month’s survey. The economic outlook for the CEE region is surveyed together with other financial market data monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) with the support of the Erste Group Bank, Vienna. read more

15.07.2010 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Decline

The ZEW-CS-Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Switzerland declines by 15.3 points in July and is now hovering just slightly in positive territory at the 2.2 mark. After a stable phase since September 2009, the Indicator has now deteriorated considerably for the third consecutive month. This is revealed by the current Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). read more

13.07.2010 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Experts Expect Limited Potential for Further Improvement of the German Economy

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany drops by 7.5 points in July 2010. The indicator now stands at 21.2 points after 28.7 points in the previous month. This value is below the indicator’s historical average of 27.4 points. read more

08.07.2010 – ZEW/Creditreform (msu/ggr)

Service Providers of the Information Society - Optimistic Sentiment Among Knowledge-Intensive Service Providers

In the second quarter of 2010, the economic situation of knowledge intensive service providers, including tax consultants, accountants, management consultants, architects, technical consultants and planners, research and development companies and advertising companies, has considerably increased in comparison to the first quarter of 2010. "The reason for the increased optimism is the positive assessment of the current business situation by knowledge intensive service providers," says Miruna Sarbu, researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. The positive assessment of the current business situation comes along with optimistic business expectations for the third quarter of 2010. Especially management consultants, technical consultants and planners as well as research and development companies are the driving force for this development. read more

June 2010

17.06.2010 – ZEW/ Erste Group Ban (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations for Central and Eastern Europe Decline

The economic expectations in the CEE-region decrease by 14.8 points to 20.4 points in June. 40.9 percent of the financial market experts continue to expect an improvement of the business cycle in the CEE region within the next six months. The CEE indicator which reflects the evaluation of the economic expectations in Central and Eastern Europe on a six months time horizon is surveyed together with other financial market data monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim, with the support of the Erste Group Bank, Vienna. read more

16.06.2010 – ZEW/CS (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Continue to Diminish

Once again the ZEW-CS-Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Switzerland diminishes considerably in June. The relevant ZEW-CS-Indicator lost ground by 23.0 points and is now hovering at the 17.5 mark. After a stable phase since September 2009, the Indicator has now deteriorated considerably for the second consecutive month. This is revealed by the current Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). read more

15.06.2010 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Recovery Slows Down

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany drops by 17.1 points in June 2010. The indicator now stands at 28.7 points after 45.8 points in the previous month. This value is slightly above the indicator’s historical average of 27.4 points. read more

May 2010

21.05.2010 – ZEW/ Erste Group Bank (lja/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Optimistic Economic Expectations for Central and Eastern Europe

The economic indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) increases by 7.2 points to 35.2 points in May. According to the financial market experts, the CEE region seems to be only marginally affected by the uncertainty regarding the debt crisis of certain Eurozone countries. The CEE indicator is conducted monthly together with further financial market data by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, with support from the Erste Group Bank, Vienna. It reflects the assessment of the economic expectations for the CEE region on a six months time horizon. read more

18.05.2010 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Debt Crisis Slows Down Expectations

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany drops by 7.2 points in May 2010. The indicator now stands at 45.8 points after 53.0 points in the previous month. This value is well above the indicator’s historical average of 27.4 points. read more

April 2010

23.04.2010 – ZEW/ Erste Group Ban (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)- Economic Expectations for CEE Remain at a Positive Level Despite the Current Decrease

The economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) decrease by 9.3 points to 28.0 points in April. Thus, the CEE economic sentiment indicator remains positive. The majority of financial market experts (48.0 percent) expect an unchanged development of the business cycle on a six month horizon. The CEE indicator is conducted monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, with the support from the Erste Group Bank, Vienna. read more

22.04.2010 – ZEW/CS (lja/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Outlook Almost Unchanged

In April the ZEW-CS-Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Switzerland paints a nearly unchanged picture of the prospects for the Swiss economy on a six month time frame. Economic expectations edged down marginally by 0.4 points to the 53.4 mark. Thus, the ongoing sideways trend hovering at a relatively high level the last few months continues to prevail. This is revealed by the current Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). read more

20.04.2010 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Outlook Improves Considerably

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increases by 8.5 points in April 2010. The indicator now stands at 53.0 points after 44.5 points in the previous month. This value is well above the indicator’s historical average of 27.3 points. read more

15.04.2010 – ZEW/Creditreform (msu/kbo)

Service Providers of the Information Society - Economic Situation Remains Stable for Service Providers of the Information Society

The economic situation among companies in the economic sector service providers of the information society overall remains stable in the first quarter of 2010. The current business situation receives slightly poorer evaluations compared to the previous quarter. However, survey participants expect the economic situation to improve in the second quarter of 2010. read more

March 2010

19.03.2010 – ZEW/ Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Positive Economic Expectations

The economic sentiment indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE region) increases in March by 16.8 points to 37.3 points. The CEE indicator is conducted monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, with the support from the Erste Group Bank, Vienna. It reflects the assessment of the economic development for the CEE region on a six months time horizon. read more

18.03.2010 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Brighten Up

The ZEW-CS-Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Switzerland brightens up by 1.3 points to the 53.8 mark in March. This reveals the current Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). read more

16.03.2010 – ZEW (cdi/fmo/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Almost Unaltered

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany moved sidewards in March 2010. The indicator now stands at 44.5 points after 45.1 points in the previous month. This value is well above the indicator’s historical average of 27.2 points. read more

February 2010

19.02.2010 – ZEW/ Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations for Central and Eastern Europe Decline

The economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE region) decline by 38.6 points to 20.5 points in February. Nevertheless, the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator remains in the positive range. The indicator reflects the expectations of the financial market experts regarding the economic development in the CEE region on a six month time horizon. It is calculated on a monthly basis by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, with support from the Erste Group Bank, Vienna. The decline of the indicator can be put into perspective by the fact that the share of survey participants expecting an unchanged economic development in the CEE region within the next half year increases 10.2 percentage points to 34.7 percent. These answers are not incorporated into the calculation of the sentiment indicator. read more

18.02.2010 – ZEW/CS (fmo/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Edge Down Slightly

The ZEW-CS-Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Switzerland declines by 3.7 points, reaching the 52.5 mark in February. However, the indicator still continues to hover at a relatively high level. This is revealed by the current Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). read more

16.02.2010 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Diminish Slightly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased by 2.1 points in February 2010. The indicator now stands at 45.1 points after 47.2 points in the previous month. This value is well above the indicator’s historical average of 27.1 points. read more

January 2010

22.01.2010 – ZEW/ Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations for Central and Eastern Europe Remain Optimistic

The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator CEE that reflects the business outlook for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) increases by 7.1 points to 59.1 points in January. 67.3 percent of the polled financial market experts expect the economic situation to improve in the region till mid of the year. The CEE Indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, with support from the Erste Group Bank, Vienna. It reflects the assessment of the economic development for the CEE region on a six months time horizon. read more

21.01.2010 – ZEW/CS (gla/ggr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic expectations brighten up slightly in January

The ZEW-CS-Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Switzerland edged up in January 2010 by 2.2 points, reaching the 56.2 mark. The current rise outweighs the indicator’s slight decline noted in December 2009. This reveals the current Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). read more

19.01.2010 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Recovery Slows Down Somewhat

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased by 3.2 points in January 2010. The indicator now stands at 47.2 points after 50.4 points in the previous month. This value is still well above the indicator’s historical average of 27.1 points. read more

14.01.2010 – ZEW/Creditreform (msu/ggr)

Service Providers of the Information Society - Economic Sentiment among ICT Service Providers and Knowledge Intensive Service Providers Further Improves

The economic situation among companies in the economic sector service providers of the information society further improves. Companies in this economic sector overall expect a positive development in the first quarter of 2010. Moreover, the current business situation receives better evaluations than in mid 2009. read more

December 2009

29.12.2009 – ZEW (mko/ggr)

ZEW Financial Market Test - Financial Market Experts Expect Poor Year 2010 for Stock Markets

The outlooks for stock markets in Germany and the USA are quite poor. A final result of an average of about 6,150 points is expected for the German stock market index DAX in 2010. In mid-December the DAX stood at almost 5,900 points and therefore the final result can be seen as a sideward movement rather than an increase. The American Dow Jones Index’s slight increase to the expected 10,650 points is hardly worth mentioning. This is the rather gloomy outlook of the 244 financial market experts surveyed in December 2009 by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim. read more

18.12.2009 – ZEW/ Erste Group Bank (mbo/ggr)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations for Central and Eastern Europe Recover

The economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) improve considerably by 21.1 points, reaching 52.0 points in December. 60 percent of the financial experts surveyed expect an improvement of the economic situation in this region within the next six months. Consequently, the observed decline of the CEE indicator in the previous month only seems to be a onetime adjustment. The CEE indicator together with other financial market indicators is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, with support from Erste Group Bank, Vienna. It reflects the expectations for the economic development of the CEE region for the next six months. read more

17.12.2009 – ZEW/CS (cdi/ggr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic expectations diminish marginally

Economic expectations for the next six months for Switzerland edged down slightly again in December. The ZEW-CS-Indicator dipped by 2.4 points to the 54.0 mark. This reveals the current Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). At the same time, the assessment of the prevailing economic picture brightened up a little, with the corresponding indicator climbing by 3.3 points to the minus 42.9 level. read more

15.12.2009 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Nearly Unchanging Economic Expectations

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased slightly by 0.7 points in December 2009. The indicator now stands at 50.4 points after 51.1 points in the previous month. This value is still well above the indicator’s historical average of 27.0 points. read more

November 2009

13.11.2009 – ZEW/ Erste Group Ban (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE): CEE Indicator Declines – Economic Sentiment Remains Positive

The upward trend of the economic sentiment indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is interrupted for the time being. The indicator that reflects the economic expectation within a six month time horizon for the CEE region drops 20.0 points. However, the indicator remains positive at 30.9 points. The sentiment indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, with support from the Erste Group Bank, Vienna. read more

12.11.2009 – ZEW/CS (cdi/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Diminish at High Level

Economic expectations for Switzerland diminished somewhat in November. In the wake of the strong surge recorded in previous months, the relevant ZEW-CS-Indicator lost ground by 8.6 points, but continued to hover at a high level of 56.4 points. This reveals the current Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). read more

10.11.2009 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Expectations Slightly Decline

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased slightly by 4.9 points in November 2009 and now stands at 51.1 points after 56.0 points in the previous month. This value is still well above the indicator’s historical average of 26.9 points. read more

October 2009

16.10.2009 – ZEW/ Erste Group Ban (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)- Economic Expectations for Central and Eastern Europe Remain Optimistic

The expectations of financial market experts for the economic development in Central and Eastern Europe have further improved in October. The CEE Economic Sentiment Indicator which is monthly calculated by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, with support of Erste Group Bank, Vienna, climbs 12.1 points to 50.9 points in the current survey. Thus, the upswing that has started early this year continues. read more

15.10.2009 – ZEW/CS (cdi/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Continue to Brighten Up

Economic expectations for Switzerland continued to improve in October 2009. The relevant ZEW-CS Indicator of Economic Sentiment increased by 7.0 points month-on-month, reaching the 65.0 mark. Accordingly, a majority of 67.5 percent of the financial market experts surveyed predict that the economic momentum will improve over the next six months. Only 2.5 percent expect the economy to deteriorate. This is the result of the current Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). read more

13.10.2009 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Almost Unchanged Economic Expectations

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany remains almost unchanged in October 2009. It slightly declines by 1.7 points and now stands at 56.0 points after 57.7 points in the previous month. This value is still well above the indicator’s historical average of 26.7 points. read more

12.10.2009 – ZEW/Creditreform (msu/ggr)

Service Providers of the Information Society - Decline in Demand is the Most Frequent Consequence of the Economic Crisis

The economic crisis reached the service providers of the information society in Germany at the beginning of the year 2009. By now about 88 percent of all businesses in this economic sector, which comprises the knowledge intensive service providers and the ICT-specialised service providers, report to be affected by the current economic crisis, the negative impact ranging from slightly to very strong. This is the result of a survey among the service providers of the information society which the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim has conducted in cooperation with the credit reference agency Creditreform, Neuss, in September 2009 (details of the survey are provided at the end of this press release). read more

08.10.2009 – ZEW/Creditreform (msu/ggr)

Service Providers of the Information Society - Economic Sentiment Improves among ICT Service Providers and Knowledge Intensive Service Providers

The ZEW-IDI, a sentiment indicator for the economic sector service providers of the information society in Germany, which includes the knowledge intensive service providers as well as the ICT-service providers, increases by 5.6 points to a value of 54.7 points in the third quarter of 2009. For the first time this year the indicator now is above the critical value of 50 points which points to an improvement of the economic sentiment compared to the previous quarter. The main cause of this positive development is the distinct brightening of business expectations regarding the fourth quarter of 2009. The corresponding partial indicator for the business expectations rises to a value of 62.1 points in the third quarter of 2009. "This figure makes clear that companies are optimistic with regard to their business situation in the fourth quarter of 2009," explains Miruna Sarbu, researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. The ZEW-IDI is based on a business survey among service providers of the information society, conducted by the ZEW in cooperation with the credit reference agency Creditreform, Neuss, in September 2009 (details regarding the survey are provided below). read more

September 2009

17.09.2009 – ZEW (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - The CEE Economic Sentiment Indicator Continues to Rise

The upward trend of the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) continues in September 2009. Expectations concerning the economic development over the next half year improve by 2.8 points with the index rising to 38.8 points. While 48.1 percent of the surveyed experts anticipate an improvement only 9.3 percent of the participants assume the business activity in the CEE region to worsen within the next six months. The amount of experts anticipating no change has significantly increased to 42.6 percent. read more

16.09.2009 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Increasing Optimism

According to the Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS), economic expectations continued to brighten up noticeably in September 2009. The ZEW-CS Indicator of Economic Sentiment surged by 39.4 points, reaching the 58.0 threshold. The indicator for the assessment of the current economic situation also markedly surpassed the previous month’s level, climbing by 17.1 points to reach minus 62.0 points. read more

15.09.2009 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Expectations Stabilise

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany remained almost unchanged in September 2009. The indicator rose by 1.6 points and now stands at 57.7 points after 56.1 points in the previous month. This value is well above the indicator’s historical average of 26.6 points. read more

August 2009

21.08.2009 – ZEW/ Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations for the CEE Region Improve Considerably

The ZEW-Erste Group Bank economic sentiment indicator for Central and Eastern Europe is characterised by a strong increase in August. The balance reflecting the financial experts’ economic expectations for the CEE region on a six months horizon gains 32.0 points in value, reaching 36.0 points. After an adjustment of the indicator in July, the perceived optimism of the past half year seems to grow further. 56.0 percent of all questioned analysts anticipate a rebound of the economy, compared to only 20.0 percent forecasting a further slowdown. read more

20.08.2009 – ZEW/CS (cdi/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Improve Again

The economic expectations for Switzerland have improved again in August. This reveals the current Financial Market Test for Switzerland which is carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS). After its decline in the previous month, the ZEW–CS-Indicator of economic expectations has continued to follow its uptrend which started at the beginning of 2009, climbing in August from the neutral level of 0.0 to the 18.6 mark. read more

18.08.2009 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Optimism Returns

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased considerably in August 2009. The indicator rose by 16.6 points and now stands at 56.1 points after 39.5 points in the previous month. This value is well above the indicator’s historical average of 26.5 points. read more

July 2009

17.07.2009 – ZEW/ Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations for Central and Eastern Europe More Cautious Again

After the upward trend of the business forecast for the CEE region in the previous six months, the financial experts have adjusted their expectations downwards in July. The CEE sentiment indicator loses 16.4 points to 4.0 points at present. Nonetheless, with a share of 38.8 percent the majority of the respondents anticipate an unchanged cyclical development in the CEE area for the upcoming half year. The economic sentiment indicator CEE is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, with support from the Erste Group Bank, Vienna. A similar downwards adjustment was observed in July for the ZEW Sentiment Indicator for Germany as well as for the ZEW/Credit Suisse Economic Indicator for Switzerland. read more

16.07.2009 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations for Switzerland Edge Down

According to the Financial Market Survey Switzerland, economic expectations diminished somewhat in July. In the wake of continuously climbing in the first half of 2009, the relevant ZEW/ Credit Suisse indicator edged down by 9.7 points, reaching the neutral threshold of zero. The indicator for the assessment of the current economic situation dipped slightly below the previous month's mark in July, down 2.5 points to the minus 70.2 level. The Financial Market Test Switzerland is carried out monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse. read more

14.07.2009 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Slight Correction of Economic Expectations

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany slightly declined in July 2009. The indicator dropped by 5.3 points and now stands at 39.5 points after 44.8 points in the previous month. This value is above the indicator’s historical average of 26.3 points. read more

13.07.2009 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/ggr)

Service Providers of the Information Society – Internal Management Most Important Incentive for Innovation

The sector service providers of the information society, comprising both knowledge-intensive and ICT-specialised service providers, has been highly innovative over the past twelve months. Around 40 percent of the companies have differentiated their range of services by, for instance, changing their service hours or by complementing their services. Around 39 percent have extended their range of services by, for instance, developing new customer circles and market segments. Moreover, 18 percent of the companies have standardised their range of services. This is the result of a survey among service providers of the information society conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, in cooperation with the credit reference agency Creditreform, Neuss, in June 2009 (details regarding the survey are provided below). read more

09.07.2009 – ZEW(Creditreform (jme/ggr)

Knowledge-Intensive Service Providers and ICT Service Providers Cautiously Optimistic

In the second quarter 2009, cautious optimism has emerged regarding the business situation in the sector service providers of the information society, which includes both knowledge-intensive service providers and ICT service providers. read more

June 2009

18.06.2009 – ZEW/Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW/Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Outlook for Central and Eastern Europe Strengthens

The optimism for the economic development in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) strengthens in June. The ZEW/Erste Group Bank sentiment indicator for the CEE region has risen by 14.4 points to 20.4 points. The CEE indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, with support from the Erste Group Bank, Vienna. read more

17.06.2009 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations for Switzerland Back in Positive Territory

According to the Financial Market Survey Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS), economic expectations continued to brighten up further in June. The ZEW-CS-Indicator climbed back into positive territory for the first time since September 2006, reaching the 9.7 mark (up 13.6 points). read more

16.06.2009 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Optimism Increases

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany improved in June 2009. This is the eighth month in a row with an increase. The indicator rose by 13.7 points and now stands at 44.8 points after 31.1 points in the previous month. This value is above the indicator’s historical average of 26.3 points. read more

May 2009

22.05.2009 – ZEW/Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW/Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations for Central and Eastern Europe Turn Positive Again

The financial experts’ business outlook for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) improves by 9.9 points in May. Currently standing at 6.0 points, the ZEW/Erste Group Bank sentiment indicator CEE has turned positive for the first time since September 2007. read more

20.05.2009 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations on Upward Trend

The economic expectations for Switzerland on a six-month horizon have brightened up once again in May. This reveals the Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse. The ZEW-CS indicator increased in May by 23.8 points to the minus 3.9 threshold, but is still hovering just barely in negative territory. read more

19.05.2009 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Brighten Up Again

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany continued to improve in May 2009. The indicator rose by 18.1 points and now stands at 31.1 points after 13.0 points in the previous month. This is above its historical average of 26.2 points. read more

April 2009

24.04.2009 – ZEW/ Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW/Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Recovery of the economic expectations for the CEE area continues

The economic outlook for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) keeps on recovering in April 2009. The CEE sentiment indicator, reflecting the surveyed analysts’ economic expectations on a six month time horizon rises in the current survey by 28.8 points to minus 3.9 points. Hence, in accordance to the positive development of other indicators, the recovery prospects of the analysed CEE countries improve. Nonetheless, more than 45 percent of the questioned financial experts forecast no significant change of the business cycle in the region. The CEE indicator is captured monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, supported by the Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna. read more

23.04.2009 – ZEW/CS (cdi/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic expectations improve

The Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, reflects in April a less pessimistic assessment of the economic outlook for Switzerland on a six-month horizon. The ZEW-CS indicator of economic expectations increased by 29.4 points to the minus 27.7 mark. At the same time, however, the indicator for the assessment of the current economic situation declined by 8.9 points to the minus 66.0 level. read more

21.04.2009 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Positive trend continues

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany continued to improve in April 2009. It rose by 16.5 points and now stands at 13.0 points after minus 3.5 points in the previous month. For the first time since July 2007, the indicator realises a positive value, albeit it is still below its historical average of 26.1 points. read more

20.04.2009 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/kbo)

Service Providers of the Information Society - Social Software Applications still on the Rise

Around 39 percent of the companies in the sector service providers of the information society use at least one social software application in their business workflow. In this context, applications such as discussion forums, social network services, wikis or weblogs are used, for example, in internal communication and knowledge management as well as in customer management, external communication and within the scope of projects with partners or freelancers. This is the result of a survey among service providers of the information society conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in cooperation with the credit reference agency Creditreform, Neuss, in March 2009 (details regarding the survey are provided below). read more

15.04.2009 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/ggr)

Service Providers of the Information Society - Economic Crisis Hits ICT and Knowledge-Intensive Service Providers

The ZEW-IDI, a sentiment indicator for the whole sector service providers of the information society, falls by 14.2 points to 39.9 points in the first quarter 2009. Therefore the indicator lies below the critical value of 50 points for the first time since it was established. A value of the ZEW-IDI above this mark signalises an improvement of the economic sentiment compared to the previous quarter, while any value below this mark stands for a deteriorating sentiment. read more

07.04.2009 – ZEW (mko/kbo)

ZEW Survey among Financial Market Experts - Sympathy for "Bad Bank light"

Direct investments in financial institutions by the Federal State and the establishment of a "bad bank light" is the most suitable way of reorganising German banks which were financially damaged by the economic crisis. In contrast, the full nationalisation of banks and the establishment of a "bad bank" would not provide an appropriate basis for recovering the stability of the financial market. This reflects the expectations of the majority of the 274 financial market experts surveyed by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). read more

March 2009

20.03.2009 – ZEW/Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic Expectations for the CEE Region Further Stabilise

The economic outlook for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has further stabilised in March. The CEE sentiment indicator, which is calculated as the balance of negative and positive assessments with regard to the expected economic development on a six month horizon, increases marginally by 0.6 points in the current survey reaching minus 32.7 points. The steep rise of the previous months has slowed down and a majority of the questioned financial experts now consider an unchanged business cycle within the coming six months to be most probable for the CEE region. The CEE sentiment indicator is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, supported by the Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna. read more

19.03.2009 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Hardly Changed at all

The Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, paints a nearly unchanged picture of the prospects for the Swiss economy on a six month time frame. In fact, the ZEW-CS-Indicator of economic expectations edged up marginally by just 0.6 points to the minus 57.1 mark. The indicator for the assessment of the current economic situation in Switzerland continued to worsen in March. The respective indicator drops 11.8 points and also reaches the minus 57.1 mark. read more

18.03.2009 – ZEW (gla/ggr)

Reverse Mortgages Will Gain in Significance for German Homeowners

There is a considerable potential for growth in the market for reverse mortgages in Germany because of the enormous real estate wealth held by older individuals. This is the conclusion of a survey of 170 financial market experts conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim (ZEW) in its monthly German Financial Market Survey, undertaken in collaboration with the mortgage provider ImmoKasse GmbH. read more

17.03.2009 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Move Sidewards

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased slightly in March 2009. The indicator rose by 2.3 points and now stands at minus 3.5 points after minus 5.8 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 26.2 points. read more

February 2009

20.02.2009 – ZEW/Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe: Economic Prospects for the CEE Region Recover – Still Pessimistic Assessment of the Current Situation

Concerns about the difficult economic conditions in some Central- and Eastern European countries have caused turbulences on the stock and exchange markets recently. In the February "ZEW Financial Market Survey CEE", the analysts acknowledge the currently fraught situation. The indicator reflecting the assessment of the present economic situation in Central and Eastern Europe (the CEE region), which is calculated monthly by the Centre for European economic Research (ZEW), supported by the Erste Group Bank, loses 0.7 points and now reaches minus 58.1 points in February. Its currently low value indicates that the respondents take a pessimistic view on the business conditions in the CEE area. read more

19.02.2009 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Prevailing Poor Economic Picture - Somewhat Better Expectations

The February Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, reveals once again that the prospects for the Swiss economy have brightened up just slightly on a six-month horizon. Accordingly, the ZEW-CS-Indicator of economic expectations edges up by 9.0 points to the minus 57.7 mark in February. At the same time, however, the indicator for the assessment of the current economic situation dips by 4.6 points to the minus 45.3 level. read more

17.02.2009 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations on the Upswing

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased in February 2009 once again. The indicator rose by 25.2 points and now stands at minus 5.8 points after minus 31.0 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 26.4 points. read more

January 2009

23.01.2009 – ZEW/Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Positive economic development in the CEE region expected

The financial market experts surveyed monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, supported by the Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna, are considerably more optimistic about the economic development in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) at the beginning of the new year than in December 2008. The CEE indicator reflecting the analysts’ economic expectations on a six month time horizon increases significantly by 15.0 to minus 49.1 points in January 2009. Hence, the economic prospects have improved for the first time since the aggravation of the financial crisis in September 2008. read more

22.01.2009 – ZEW/CS (cdi/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Gloomy economic situation yet slightly brighter expectations

The Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, revealed in January that the economic outlook improved somewhat on a six-month horizon. Consequently, the ZEW-CS indicator of economic expectations edged up by 9.5 points to the -66.7 mark in January. read more

20.01.2009 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Recovery continues

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased in January 2009 once again. The indicator rose by 14.2 points and now stands at minus 31.0 points after minus 45.2 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 26.5 points. read more

14.01.2009 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/ggr)

Service Providers of the Information Society - German-Speaking Foreign Countries and Western Europe Are the Most Important Export Markets

One-third of German-based Service Providers of the Information Society – an economic sector that includes ICT service providers as well as knowledge-intensive service providers – export their services abroad. "For these firms, German-speaking foreign countries represent the most important export market, followed by the rest of Western Europe", says Jenny Meyer, a researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. read more

12.01.2009 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/ggr)

Service Providers of the Information Society - Economic Situation slightly Improved

In the fourth quarter 2008 the economic situation for businesses in the sector service providers of the information society slightly recovered. The ZEW-IDI, a sentiment indicator for this sector, rises by 1.8 points to 54.1 points. "This is mainly due to the consistent situation of supply and demand", says Jenny Meyer, researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim. read more

December 2008

11.12.2008 – ZEW/Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)- Pessimistic economic expectations but improved assessment of the current situation in the CEE region

The sentiment indicator for Central and Eastern Europe which shows the economic expectations of the financial market experts surveyed by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, supported by the Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna, declines in December by 9.6 points to minus 64.1 points. In contrast the survey participants assess the current economic conditions in the CEE region clearly better than in November. The respective balance increases by 13.5 points to minus 9.5 points this month. read more

10.12.2008 – ZEW/CS (cdi/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic expectations look somewhat less pessimistic

The Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, revealed in December that economic prospects brightened up just a little at a very low level. The ZEW-CS indicator of economic expectations edged up by 12.3 points compared with the previous month’s and is now hovering at the -76.2 mark. Although respondents view the current economic situation in a slightly more optimistic light compared to last month’s results, the corresponding balance improved by merely 6.2 points and remains in negative territory at the -7.2 threshold. read more

09.12.2008 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic expectations improve slightly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased in December 2008 by 8.3 points. The indicator now stands at minus 45.2 points after minus 53.5 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 26.8 points. read more

November 2008

14.11.2008 – ZEW/Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)- Economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe slightly decline

The economic expectations of the financial experts for Central and Eastern Europe recede slightly by 3.4 points in November, reaching minus 54.5 points. Most of the CEE countries are only marginally affected by the financial crisis and the economic momentum in most CEE economies does not lose much steam so far. Nevertheless, the majority of the questioned experts (65.9 percent) are not persuaded that the competitive advantages of the fast-growing CEE countries will obviate the transmission of the impending economic slowdown from the Eurozone and anticipate also a decelerating economic development in the CEE region. read more

13.11.2008 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic expectations edge up slightly

The November Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, reveals that economic prospects have improved slightly in November, but continue to hover at a very low level. The ZEW-CS indicator of economic expectations edged up by 2.6 points to the minus 88.5 mark. read more

11.11.2008 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Slight Recovery

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased in November 2008 by 9.5 points. The indicator now stands at minus 53.5 points after minus 63.0 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 27.1 points. read more

October 2008

17.10.2008 – ZEW/Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Economic expectations for the CEE region diminish in the maelstrom of the financial crisis

The intensified crisis of confidence and the concerns about possible implications for the real economy have a negative impact on the economic expectations for the CEE-region. The CEE sentiment indicator, which is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, supported by the Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna, drops by 20.5 points to minus 51.1 points in the current survey. read more

16.10.2008 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Diminish Considerably

The October Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, reveals that the economic outlook for Switzerland has deteriorated considerably. The ZEW-CS-Indicator of economic expectations fell by 46.7 points to -91.1 points. Only 2.2 percent of the respondents expect the economic environment to improve over a six-month horizon. read more

14.10.2008 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Financial Crisis Reduces Economic Expectations

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany dropped in October 2008 by 21.9 points. The indicator now stands at minus 63.0 points after minus 41.1 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 27.5 points. read more

13.10.2008 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/ggr)

Service Providers of the Information Society - Job Vacancies in many Firms Because Applicants Lack Qualification

Within the sector service providers of the information society comprising both ICT service providers and knowledge-intensive service providers, about 24 per cent of the firms state not being able to fill job vacancies at the moment. ICT service providers, comprising enterprises of the branches software and IT-services, ICT-specialised trade as well as telecommunication services, are affected more than knowledge-intensive service providers which include enterprises of the branches tax consultancy and accounting, management consultancy, architecture, technical consultancy and planning, research and development as well as advertising. read more

07.10.2008 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/ggr)

German Service Providers of the Information Society - Sentiment Indicator for Service Providers of the Information Society Falls to all-time low

The ZEW-IDI, a sentiment indicator for the whole sector service providers of the information society comprising both the ICT service providers and knowledge-intensive service providers, fell to 52.3 points in the third quarter 2008. This is the lowest value the indicator has seen since it was established in the fourth quarter 2003. read more

September 2008

18.09.2008 – ZEW/Erste Group Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe - Slightly Improved Prospects for the Economic Development in Central and Eastern Europe

The economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) improve slightly once again in September. In the current survey, the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Sentiment Indicator CEE that shows the balance of positive and negative assessments of the economic outlook within the next six months, increases by 0.7 points to currently minus 30.6 points. A growing majority of financial market experts (61.2 percent) forecasts an unchanged development of the business cycle in the CEE region within the next six months. read more

17.09.2008 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Brighten up

Economic prospects for Switzerland have brightened up slightly in September. This is one result of the latest Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse. Consequently, the ZEW-CS-indicator of economic expectations increased by 35.2 points to the -44.4 mark. Although roughly 11 percent of the respondents expect the picture to improve on a six-month horizon, more than 50 percent of the financial market experts still forecast that the economic environment will continue to be dampened. The analysts convey a somewhat more pessimistic assessment of the current economic situation compared with the previous month’s view. The corresponding balance declines in September by 8.7 points to the 17.8 level. Inflation as well as interest rate expectations diminished once again in the September survey, with the relevant balances dropping by 18.1 points to the -46.7 mark and by 4.8 points to the -6.8 level, respectively. In the interim, more than 20 percent of survey participants believe that short-term interest rates will decline in the coming six months. This month’s "special question" shows that the majority of respondents regard current valuation levels on the Swiss real estate market as appropriate. read more

16.09.2008 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Rise Again

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany improved in September 2008 by 14.4 points. The indicator now stands at minus 41.1 points after minus 55.5 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 28.0 points. read more

August 2008

22.08.2008 – ZEW/Erste Bank (mbo/kbo/ggr)

ZEW-Erste Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe - Economic Expectations for Central and Eastern Europe Stabilise

The economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), which are ascertained monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, supported by Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG, Vienna, stabilise in August. The CEE sentiment indicator that shows the balance of positive and negative assessments of the economic outlook in the next six months improves slightly by 0.1 points to currently minus 31.3 points. read more

21.08.2008 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Pessimistic economic expectations prevail

The latest Financial Market Survey Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, reveals that expectations regarding the Swiss economy diminished again in August. The ZEW-CS indicator of economic expectations edged down by 2.7 points to the -79.6 mark. The financial experts also viewed the current economic environment in a worse light in this month’s survey, with the relevant balance of indicators declining to the 26.5 level (down 14.5 points). Inflation expectations as well as expectations for short-term interest rates were noticeably dampened. Roughly 45.0 percent of survey participants anticipate that inflation rates will retreat on a six-month horizon. The share of financial market specialists who predict that short-term interest rates will increase also shrank considerably in August. Instead, the overriding majority of analysts believe that rates will hold steady. This month’s “special question” revealed that most respondents do not expect the forthcoming round of wage negotiations in Switzerland to pose any danger for price stability. read more

19.08.2008 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Improve

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany improved in August 2008 by 8.4 points and now stands at minus 55.5 points after minus 63.9 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 28.3 points. read more

July 2008

18.07.2008 – ZEW/Erste Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe - Downward Movement of the Economic Expectations for the CEE Region Slows Down

The downward trend of the sentiment indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), which is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, supported by the Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG, Vienna, flattens in July. The economic expectations of the financial market experts for the CEE region worsen by 2.7 points to currently minus 31.4 points. In contrast to this rather moderate decline, the outlook for the Eurozone dropped 14.7 points to an all-time low of minus 51.0 points in July. read more

17.07.2008 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Continue to Deteriorate

The Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, continues to deteriorate noticeably in July. The balance of the ZEW-CS indicator of economic expectations for Switzerland declines from -63.8 to the -76.9 points. The analysts also expressed a less positive view of the current economic situation, so the balance of indicators recedes from 53.2 to the 41.0 mark. On the other hand, inflation expectations have diminished somewhat: only a minority of respondents (35.9 percent) expects inflation rates to climb on a six-month horizon. The balance for short-term interest rate expectations remains in positive territory, although the majority of survey participants now anticipates that rates will remain unchanged. Within the scope of this month’s "special question," the financial experts were asked to convey their assessment regarding the effects of high inflation rates on the Swiss stock market. The analysts predict that the Swiss Market Index (SMI) will outperform the MSCI World Index amid times of high inflation and recommend investing in companies in the pharmaceuticals and food sectors. read more

15.07.2008 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Downward movement continues

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany dropped significantly in July 2008. The indicator decreased by 11.5 points and now stands at minus 63.9 points after minus 52.4 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 28.8 points. read more

14.07.2008 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/ggr)

IT-Related Service Providers – Most Important Driving Force Behind Innovations Is the Company’s Own Management

IT-related service providers consisting of knowledge-intensive and ITC service providers have been very innovative during the past twelve months. About 39 per cent of the companies have expanded their services by accessing, for instance, new customer groups or market segments. Approximately 34 per cent have differentiated their offering by changing, for example, service times or complementing their offer and 20 per cent of the companies have standardised their services. These are the findings of an economic survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in cooperation with Creditreform, Neuss. The survey was conducted in June 2008 among service providers of the information society. read more

10.07.2008 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/ggr)

Service Providers of the Information Society - Positive Business Sentiment Among Knowledge-Intensive Service Providers

In Germany the business situation of knowledge-intensive service providers, which include enterprises of the branches tax consultancy and accounting, management consultancy, architecture, technical consultancy and planning, research and development as well as advertising significantly improved during the second quarter 2008 compared to the first quarter 2008. The sentiment indicator for the knowledge-intensive services’ sector, based on the companies’ business expectations for the next three months and on the assessment of their current business situation reached 67.7 points. This is an increase of 7.1 points compared to the first quarter 2008. "This increase is above all due to the significant growth in demand and in turnover reported by the enterprises of the knowledge-intensive services’ sector for the second quarter 2008", says Jenny Meyer, researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research. The companies’ positive assessment regarding turnover and demand is not bound to the current situation. For the third quarter 2008 they also expect a favourable development. The partial indicator which reflects the assessment of the business expectations reached 67.4 points, an increase of 2 points compared to the first quarter 2008. This is the result of a business survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, in cooperation with the credit reference agency Creditreform, Neuss, in June 2008. read more

June 2008

26.06.2008 – ZEW (mko/ggr)

New Issue of ZEW Wachstums- und Konjunkturanalysen Published – Financial Market Crisis Changes European Banking Landscape

In 2007, the volume of mergers in the European financial services sector increased to more than 200 billion euros. This year, it is expected that even more mergers in the European banking industry will take place because the acquisition of or the shareholding in European banks is as favourable as it has not been in a long time, states Matthias Köhler, financial market expert at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). He analyses the topic in an article featured in the new issue of the "ZEW Wachstums- und Konjunkturanalysen", a publication which appears quarterly in German language. read more

19.06.2008 – ZEW/Erste Bank (mbo/kbo)

ZEW-Erste Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe - Mostly Positive Assessment of the Current Economic Situation in Central and Eastern Europe; Outlook for the Next Six Months Remains Cautious for the Time Being

The economic expectations of the financial market experts improve for the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Croatia in June. The outlook for the whole region Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) remains cautious for the time being, just like in the previous month. According to the current survey the CEE indicator, which is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim supported by the Erste Bank der Oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG in Vienna, as the balance of the positive and negative expectations for the economic development in the CEE region for a time period of six months, has declined by 4.6 points and now stands at minus 28.7 points. However, a large proportion of financial market experts (42.9 percent) expect no change in the economic situation of the region. The current situation in the CEE region is still assessed as positive - despite a minor decline in June - with a balance of 34.5 points. read more

18.06.2008 – ZEW/CS (gla/kbo)

ZEW–CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Remain Dampened

The latest Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, continues to signal a weakening of the economic momentum on a six-month horizon. Accordingly, the ZEW-CS indicator of economic expectations for Switzerland dipped slightly in June by 3.4 points to the -63.8 mark. Assessments of the current economic picture proved to be somewhat less optimistic, with the balance of the respective indicator falling by 11.4 points to the 53.2 level. The largest proportion of survey participants (42.6 percent) still expects inflation rates to continue to climb further from their already high threshold. Overall, however, inflation expectations decreased versus the previous month, and the relevant indicator dropped by 20.5 points to reach 17,0 points. On the other hand, the share of financial market experts who anticipate an increase in short-term interest rates grew to 55.3 percent in June. The corresponding balance of interest rate expectations surged by 40.6 points to the 48.9 mark in this month’s survey. The responses to the June "special question" revealed that 34 percent of the analysts forecast an increase in the three-month LIBOR target rate to 3.0 percent, while another 25 percent of respondents predict that the rate will hold steady at 2.75 percent. read more

17.06.2008 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Drop Significantly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany dropped significantly in June 2008. The indicator decreased by 11.0 points and now stands at minus 52.4 points after minus 41.4 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 29.2 points. read more

May 2008

23.05.2008 – ZEW/Erste Bank (mbo/ggr)

ZEW-Erste Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe: Experts Are More Cautious in Their Economic Expectations for Central and Eastern Europe

After a continuous improvement of the economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) during the last three months, experts appear to be more cautious in May. The CEE-Indicator, which is calculated monthly by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, supported by the Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG, Vienna, as the balance of the positive and negative expectations for the economic development in the CEE-region for a time period of six months, declines by 11.6 points to minus 24.1 points. Nevertheless, the majority of analysts expect the economic development to remain unchanged. read more

21.05.2008 – ZEW/CS (gla/ggr)

ZEW–CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Brighten Up Again

According to the survey results of the Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, economic prospects have brightened up slightly again in May. The relevant ZEW-CS-indicator for economic expectations increased by a noticeable 11 points, reaching the -60.4 mark. On the other hand, the experts’ assessment of the current economic picture remained nearly unchanged at the 64.6 level (down 0.7 points). Interest rate expectations rose considerably versus the previous month’s survey, although the clear majority of respondents continue to expect rates to hold steady in the coming six months. The corresponding balance of indicators jumped by 14.4 points to the 5.3 threshold. At the same time, inflation expectations increased in May too, with 54.2 percent of survey participants predicting that prices will continue to rise. This month’s "special question" addressed the prevailing issue of the trend in food prices, revealing that a slight majority of respondents expect prices to climb further in the medium term. read more

20.05.2008 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations stabilize

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany stabilized in May 2008. The indicator slightly decreased by 0.7 points and now stands at minus 41.4 points after minus 40.7 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 29.6 points. read more

April 2008

18.04.2008 – ZEW/Erste Bank (mbo/ggr)

ZEW-Erste Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe - Economic Sentiment for Central and Eastern Europe Continues to Rise

The economic optimism for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) continues to rise in April. This is signalled by a considerable increase of the CEE indicator by 9.9 points to now minus 12.5 points. It is the largest improvement since the indicator was implemented in Mai 2007. The CEE indicator is calculated on a monthly basis by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, supported by Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen, Vienna. The indicator shows the balance of positive and negative assessments of the economic outlook for Central and Eastern Europe over the next six months. The increasingly positive forecasts for the development of the CEE stock index and the expected inflation decrease also indicate a further improvement of the region’s economic sentiment. read more

17.04.2008 – ZEW/CS (gla/ggr)

ZEW–CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations Mostly Hold Steady at a low Level

The Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with the Credit Suisse, revealed in April a nearly unchanged picture regarding the prospects for the Swiss economy compared to the previous month's survey. The relevant ZEW-CS-Indicator for economic expectations improved just slightly by 0.3 points to the -71.4 mark. Accordingly, the majority of respondents still anticipate that economic momentum will lose steam in the coming six months. On the other hand, the assessment of the current economic situation remains mostly upbeat (with the corresponding balance at 65.3 points). Precisely 38.8 percent of the survey participants expect no change in the inflation environment on a six-month horizon, while 24.5 percent (up 9.3 percent) expect a more moderate inflation rate in the future. Interest rate expectations remained unchanged for the most part in the April survey, with the lion’s share of respondents (73.5 percent) anticipating no change in short-term interest rates. The results of this month’s "special question" reveal that most of the financial experts forecast a lower current-account balance for 2008 in the wake of the record surplus registered last year. read more

15.04.2008 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kbo)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Expectations Decline

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany declined in April 2008 by 8.7 points and now stands at minus 40.7 points after minus 32.0 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 30.0 points. read more

14.04.2008 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/ggr)

Social Software: Companies Prefer Online Communities

About one third of the companies in the economic sector IT-related service providers use at least one social software application for (their) internal or external communication with their customers or employees. Possible applications range from discussion forums to online communities, wikis or blogs. IT-related service providers primarily use online communities. IT-related service providers are characterised by their high ICT intensity and produce about eight per cent of the gross value in Germany. About 20 per cent of the companies working with social software use online communities. These are the findings of a business survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in cooperation with Creditreform, Neuss. The survey was conducted in March 2008 among service providers of the information society (see details at end of press release). read more

10.04.2008 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/ggr)

Business Outlook for ICT Service Providers and Knowledge-Intensive Service Providers Brightens Up

In Germany the business situation of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) service providers, comprising enterprises of the branches software and IT-services, ICT-specialized trade as well as telecommunication services, has improved in the first quarter 2008 compared to the fourth quarter 2007. The knowledge-intensive service providers which include enterprises of the branches tax consultancy and accounting, management consultancy, architecture, technical consultancy and planning, research and development as well as advertising assess their current business situation in the first quarter 2008 more pessimistically. However, this pessimism will not last. The business expectations for the second quarter 2008 are assessed far more positively by the ICT service providers as well as the knowledge-intensive service providers. This is the result of a business survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, in cooperation with the credit reference agency Creditreform, Neuss, in March 2008. read more

March 2008

13.03.2008 – ZEW/Erste Bank (mbo/ggr)

ZEW-Erste Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe - Economic Sentiment for Central and Eastern Europe Recovers Considerably

The economic sentiment indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), which is calculated on the basis of a monthly survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), supported by Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG, Vienna, has recovered in March. The CEE indicator that shows the balance of positive and negative assessments of the economic outlook in the next six months rises by 6.4 points and now stands at minus 22.4 points. Not only the expectations but also the assessments of the current economic situation in the CEE region have improved markedly by 9.8 points and now stand at 40.0 points. read more

12.03.2008 – ZEW/CS (gla/ggr)

ZEW–CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Outlook for Switzerland Deteriorates

The Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in co-operation with Credit Suisse, revealed in March that economic prospects continue to deteriorate. The relevant ZEW-CS-indicator for economic expectations declined by 16.2 points to the -71.7 mark. The assessment of the current economic situation edged down by 2.7 points to the 69.6 level in March. At the same time, inflation expectations diminished again, with only around 30 percent (down 9 percentage points versus the previous month) of survey participants still anticipating that inflation rates will continue to climb. Interest rate expectations have also decreased somewhat compared to the February survey results. The lion’s share of the respondents (78.3 percent) expects no change in short-term interest rates on a six-month horizon. Responses to this month’s "special question", however, showed that nearly half of the experts regard an interest rate level of less than 2.75 percent by year-end as a likely scenario. read more

11.03.2008 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Economic Sentiment Continues Recovery

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany rose in March 2008 by 7.5 points and now stands at minus 32.0 points after minus 39.5 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 30.3 points. read more

February 2008

15.02.2008 – ZEW/Erste Bank (mbo/kvs)

ZEW-Erste Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe - Economic Expectations for the CEE Region Stabilise; Outlook for the Stock Markets Improves Significantly

The economic sentiment indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), which is calculated on a monthly basis by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), supported by Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen, Vienna, has stabilised in February showing a slight increase of 0.2 points compared to the previous month. The CEE indicator, calculated as the balance of positive and negative assessments of the economic outlook over the next six months, is now taking a value of minus 28.8 points. read more

14.02.2008 – ZEW/CS (gla/kvs)

ZEW–CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic Expectations for Switzerland Have Diminished Noticeably

The Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with the Credit Suisse, revealed that economic expectations diminished considerably in February. Hence, the relevant ZEW CS indicator declined by 22.8 points to the -55.6 mark. The assessment of the current economic situation deteriorated as well in February, although it still stands at a high level of 72.2 (down 13.3 points compared with the previous month). read more

12.02.2008 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Sentiment Improves Slightly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany improved in February 2008 by 2.1 points and now stands at minus 39.5 points after minus 41.6 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 30.7 points. read more

January 2008

18.01.2008 – ZEW/Erste Bank (mbo/kvs)

ZEW-Erste Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe: GDP Growth of 5 Percent Expected for CEE Region in 2008 and 2009. Positive Assessment of the Current Economic Situation; Economic Expectations for the First Half of 2008 Slightly Declining

The monthly survey among financial experts conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, and supported by Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen, Vienna, recorded slightly lower expectations for the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region’s economy in January. The CEE indicator, calculated as the balance of positive and negative assessments of the economic outlook over the next six months, fell by 6.3 points to -29.0 points. read more

17.01.2008 – ZEW/CS (gla/kvs)

ZEW–CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - The Credit Suisse ZEW Indicator of Economic Expectations Falls in January

The Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with the Credit Suisse, revealed somewhat diminishing economic expectations in Switzerland again in January. The corresponding ZEW CS indicator dropped 3 points to the -32.7 mark. Although the assessment of the current economic situation still remains at a high threshold, the relevant balance dipped by 1.7 points to the 85.5 level. read more

15.01.2008 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Economic Sentiment deteriorates further

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased in January 2008 once again and now stands at minus 41.6 points after minus 37.2 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 31.0 points. read more

14.01.2008 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/kvs)

German Service Providers of the Information Society Split over Business Situation and Expectations

The German service providers of the information society are split over their business expectations for the first quarter 2008. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) service providers, comprising enterprises of the branches software and IT-services, ICT-specialized trade as well as telecommunication services, are far more optimistic concerning the start of the new business year than the knowledge-intensive service providers which include enterprises of the branches tax consultancy and accounting, management consultancy, architecture, technical consultancy and planning, research and development as well as advertising. read more

December 2007

20.12.2007 – ZEW (ssc/kvs)

ZEW Survey Among Financial Market Experts: German and U.S. Stock Markets with Little Potential for Growth in 2008 // Exchange Rate of 1.44 Dollar for One Euro Expected at the End of 2008

For the leading indexes of the German and the U.S. stock markets, Dax and Dow Jones, a rather lower potential for growth can be expected until the end of 2008. At the same time, the Euro will maintain its strength during the next year. This is the result of a current survey among about 230 financial market experts conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, Germany read more

18.12.2007 – ZEW/Erste Bank (mbo/kvs)

ZEW-Erste Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe - Downward Trend of Economic Expectations for the CEE Region Slows down

The economic expectations of the financial market experts who are surveyed by the ZEW, the Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim, supported by Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen, Vienna, for Central and Eastern Europe declined for the third month in a row. The drop of 5.0 points, however, measures low compared to the fall in previous months. read more

12.12.2007 – ZEW/CS (gla/kvs)

ZEW–CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic expectations remain subdued, but the assessment of the current situation brightens up slightly

The Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, reveals a slight dampening of economic expectations in Switzerland. The relevant ZEW CS-indicator edges down slightly in December by 0.8 points to the -29.7 mark. At the same time, the assessment of the current economic situation improves by 4.5 points, reaching a threshold of 87.2. read more

11.12.2007 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Concerns about economic development increase slightly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased in December 2007 once again and now stands at minus 37.2 points after minus 32.5 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 31.4 points. read more

November 2007

20.11.2007 – ZEW/Erste Bank (kul/kvs)

ZEW-Erste Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe - Pessimistic Economic Expectations for the CEE Region Prevail

The financial market experts that are asked about their economic expectations for the CEE region in a monthly survey conducted by the ZEW, the Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim, supported by Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen, Vienna, are increasingly pessimistic. The sentiment indicator has decreased in November and now stands at -17.7 points. The experts' assessment of the current economic situation for Central and Eastern Europe is also lower compared to the previous month's survey but is still predominantly positive. The survey participants attest the Austrian economy to be in a good state, too, but economic expectations have declined markedly. read more

15.11.2007 – ZEW/CS (gla/kvs)

ZEW–CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Current economic situation and expectations worsen

The Financial Market Test Switzerland, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, reveals in November that the assessments of the current economic picture as well as economic expectations have diminished. Although analysts' evaluation of the current situation still stands at a high level of 82.7 points, the reading lags behind the previous month's mark by 11.3 points. The ZEW CS-indicator for economic expectations decreases in November by 12.9 points to the -28.9 threshold. read more

13.11.2007 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Subprime crisis is extending

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased significantly in November 2007 and now stands at minus 32.5 points after minus 18.1 points in the previous month. This is still well below its historical average of 31.8 points. read more

October 2007

23.10.2007 – ZEW/Erste Bank (kul/kvs)

ZEW-Erste Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and - Eastern Europe Economic Expectations for Central and Eastern Europe Resume Downward Trend

In October, the results of the survey among financial market experts conducted by the ZEW, the Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim, supported by Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen, Vienna, indicate a resumed downward trend of economic expectations for the CEE region after interruption in the previous month. The Sentiment Indicator CEE drops 19.7 points and now stands at -11.4 points. The rating of the current economic situation in the CEE countries has improved, however. For Austria, the pessimistic expectations for economic development also prevail combined with a positive assessment of the current situation. read more

18.10.2007 – ZEW/VS (gla/kvs)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic expectations clearly less pessimistic

The latest survey carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse reveals that the assessment of the current economic situation in Switzerland has brightened up. The majority of 94 percent (up 11.6 percentage points) of the financial market experts believe that the Swiss economy is in good shape at present. At the same time, the ZEW CS-Indicator for economic expectations improves as well, rising by 10.7 points to the -16 mark. Hence, survey participants continue to expect economic momentum to diminish, albeit to a much less pronounced extent than in September. read more

17.10.2007 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/kvs)

Service Providers of the Information Society – Realisation of Customer Demands Main Motive for Service Export

About half of the companies in the economic sector service providers of the information society export their services to other countries. The main motive for these export activities is the realisation of customer demands, followed by the development of new markets. Tax benefits play a rather insignificant role as motives. read more

16.10.2007 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - First Tendency to Stabilization

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany remained unchanged in October 2007 and stands like in the previous month at minus 18.1 points. This is still well below its historical average of 32.1 points. read more

15.10.2007 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/kvs)

IT-Related Service Providers - Sentiment and Expectations Deteriorate

The business situation of the IT-related service providers has deteriorated in the third quarter 2007. The ZEW-IDI, sentiment indicator for the economic sector IT-related service providers, calculated on the basis of the four components current turnover and demand, as well as expected turnover and expected demand, has decreased by 4.5 points in comparison to the second quarter 2007 and is now at a level of 61.4 points. The current business situation as well as the business expectations for the fourth quarter 2007 are being assessed worse by the firms of the economic sector. read more

September 2007

25.09.2007 – ZEW/Erste Bank (kul/kvs)

ZEW-Erste Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe - Improved Prospects for Economic Activity in Central and Eastern European Countries

The financial market experts who take part in the monthly survey conducted by the ZEW, the Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim, supported by Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen, Vienna, predominantly indicate optimistic business cycle expectations for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The assessment of the economic situation has worsened slightly. In contrast, negative expectations now outweigh positive expectations markedly for Austria. The experts also assess the Austrian economic situation more pessimistic compared to last month's survey. read more

20.09.2007 – ZEW/CS (gla/kvs)

ZEW–CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic expectations and stock-market outlook diminish drastically, but assessment of current situation remains positive

According to the latest survey carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, the assessment of the current economic situation in Switzerland remains at a high level, although the balance of the relevant indicator edged down by 4.1 points to the 80.6 mark. Economic expectations decreased much more noticeably, dropping by 21.6 points to the -26.7 level. The assessment of the outlook for the Swiss stock market diminished drastically as well, with the balance of the corresponding indicator plunging by 29.1 points below the previous month’s reading to hit 35.8. read more

19.09.2007 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Financial Market Test - Subprime Crisis: Subprime Crisis: Financial Market Experts Detect Increased Risk for Banking-Sector; Single Bank Failures Expected

According to a current survey of the ZEW-Financial Market Survey, financial market experts have increased their assessment of risk for the worldwide financial system. The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim (Germany) has surveyed 235 financial market experts to give their assessment of the impact of the subprime crisis on the stability of the international financial system. According to the survey, 66 percent of the polled experts see high to very high risks for the financial sector. Of those, 18 percent perceive risk to be very high, and 48 percent perceive risk to be high. However, the experts' assessment of risk stops short of predicting failures in the banking-sector on a large scale. Instead, 84 percent of the polled experts expect failures to occur only sporadically. read more

18.09.2007 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Experts regard financial crisis as risk for real economy

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany dropped by 11.2 points in September 2007 and now stands at minus 18.1 points after 6.9 points in August. This is well below its historical average of 32.4 points. read more

03.09.2007 – ZEW (uob/ggr)

ZEW Financial Market Survey – Experts Estimate Increasing Shares, but Average Return on Sustainable and Responsible Investments

The vast majority of above 90 per cent of the 297 financial market experts who were interviewed in the context of the ZEW Financial Market Survey, think that the consideration of environmental and social objectives in business management are important or even very important. Correspondingly, they are very optimistic about the market potential of these so-called sustainable and responsible investments (SRI). More than 70 per cent of those interviewed by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) assume a growing or at least constant market share of SRI. read more

August 2007

28.08.2007 – ZEW/Erste Bank (kul/kvs)

ZEW-Erste Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe - Experts expect no change of the business cycle development in the CEE countries

Within the next six months, the financial experts participating in the survey carried out by the ZEW, the Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim, which is supported by Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen, Vienna, expect no change of the economic development for the Central and Eastern European Countries. The survey participants assess the economic situation for this region as good. For Austria, negative economic expectations predominate, whereas the economic situation is assessed as positive on balance. read more

23.08.2007 – ZEW/CS (gla/kvs)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic expectations cool down somewhat, however, forecast for Swiss stock market looks very optimistic

According to the latest survey carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, respondents' assessment of the economic situation continues to stand at a high level, although the perceptions diminished somewhat versus the previous month. The corresponding indicator declined in August from 93.6 to 84.7 points. The ZEW Credit Suisse indicator for expectations regarding the future economic outlook also dropped, edging down by 3 points to the -5.1 mark. read more

21.08.2007 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Business Expectations Affected by Subprime Crisis

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany dropped by 17.3 points in August 2007 and now stands at minus 6.9 points after 10.4 points in July. This is well below its historical average of 32.6 points. read more

July 2007

24.07.2007 – ZEW/Erste Bank (kul/kvs)

ZEW-Erste Bank Sentiment Indicator for Central and Eastern Europe - Neutral Economic Outlook for Central and Eastern European Countries

The financial experts who take part in the survey carried out by the ZEW, the Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim, and Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen, Vienna, do not expect a significant change in the economic development of the CEE countries in the next six months. The experts assess the current economic situation in the Central and Eastern European region as good. For Austria, the situation is also evaluated as good. However, the expectations of the experts concerning the economic development in the next six months have worsened by now. read more

19.07.2007 – ZEW/CS (gla/kvs)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Expectations Regarding the Future Economic Outlook Decline Slightly

The survey of financial market experts, carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, reveals that the participants continue to assess the current economic situation as very favourable. At 93.6 points, the corresponding indicator edged down just slightly below the previous month's level. read more

17.07.2007 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Strength of Economic Upswing is Weakening

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany dropped by 9.9 points in July 2007 and now stands at 10.4 points after 20.3 points in June. This is still below its historical average of 32.8 points. read more

16.07.2007 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/kvs)

Service Providers of the Information Society – Extensive Use of Specifically Designed Business Software

In the economic sector of IT-related service providers, more than two thirds of the companies use software that has been created according to their specific requirements. Approximately 75 per cent of the companies make use of sector-specific software and more than 90 per cent of standard software. read more

12.07.2007 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/kvs)

IT-Related Service Providers - Firms Assess Business Situation More Optimistic

The ZEW-IDI, sentiment indicator for the economic sector IT-related service providers, in the second quarter 2007 has increased by 2.1 points in comparison to the first quarter 2007 and now reaches a value of 65.9 points. Particularly the partial indicator which reflects the assessment of the current business situation is responsible for this increase. read more

June 2007

26.06.2007 – ZEW/Erste Bank (kul/kvs)

ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator CEE – Central and Eastern Europe Maintains Favourable Economic Situation

The survey among financial market experts conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, supported by the Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna, shows that experts positively assess the current economic situation in Central and Eastern Europe. Their forecasts for the coming six months are just as optimistic. The situation in Austria is rated very similarly. read more

21.06.2007 – ZEW/CS (gla/kvs)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic expectations almost unchanged, whereas the assessment of the current situation reaches new high

In the survey carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, the financial market experts surveyed the current situation of the Swiss economy as even more favourable than in the previous month. Regarding the economic outlook, the survey participants' view remained almost unchanged. The ZEW Credit Suisse indicator fell from a neutral level to -0.1 points. read more

19.06.2007 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Experts more moderate

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany dropped by 3.7 points in June 2007 and now stands at 20.3 points after having boasted 24 points in May. This is still below its historical average of 33.0 points. read more

May 2007

30.05.2007 – ZEW/Erste Bank (mbo/kvs)

New ZEW-Erste Bank economic indicator for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)- Robust economic activity in the region

In cooperation with Erste Bank, Wien, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) will now be publishing the Financial Market Report CEE every month. This Report provides a continuous flow of information on current and future (6-month horizon) economic sentiment in the Central and Eastern European region, including key aspects such as expectations regarding inflation, interest rates, currencies and equity markets. The results derived for the economic situation (sentiment) for the individual countries and the region provide benchmark-quality indicators for the relevant financial markets. read more

24.05.2007 – ZEW/CS (gla/kvs)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic expectations rise to a neutral level

The results of the latest ZEW Credit Suisse survey reveal a still very positive assessment of the economic situation in Switzerland. Although the corresponding indicator decreased by 3.9 points, the level of 89.3 points remains high. Regarding the economic outlook the survey participants are again more optimistic than in the previous month and the ZEW Credit Suisse indicator is up 35 points, thus leaving the reading at 0.0 points. Interest rate expectations remained unchanged compared to the April reading, and almost 90 percent of the participants anticipate a rise of short-term interest rates. In the latest survey, more experts anticipate the Swiss franc to strengthen versus the Euro. In terms of inflation expectations, the share of participants that expect an unchanged inflation rate increased above the 50 percent mark in May. read more

22.05.2007 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Upward Trend Continues

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has continued its upward trend in May 2007. The indicator rose by 7.5 points and now stands at 24.0 points after 16.5 points in April. This is still below its historical average of 33.0 points. read more

April 2007

19.04.2007 – ZEW/CS (gla/kvs)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - ZEW Credit Suisse indicator regarding the current situation still at a high level, economic outlook more optimistic again

The results of the latest monthly ZEW Credit Suisse survey reveal a slight increase of the very positive assessment of the economic situation in Switzerland. Regarding the economic outlook the survey participants tend to paint a more optimistic picture. read more

17.04.2007 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Recovery gains momentum

The recovery of the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany gained momentum in April 2007. The indicator rose by 10.7 points and now stands at 16.5 points after 5.8 points in March. This is still far below its historical average of 33.1 points. read more

16.04.2007 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/kvs)

Service Providers of the Information Society – Companies Intensify Investment in ICT and Outsource IT Services

In the past three months, more than a third of the IT-related service providers increased their expenses on information and communications technologies (ICT). About 35 per cent of the companies expect a further growth of ICT expenses in the coming twelve months. read more

12.04.2007 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/kvs)

IT-Related Service Providers - Firms' assessment of the business situation remains positive - optimistic expectations for spring

The ZEW-IDI, sentiment indicator for the economic sector IT-related service providers, has slightly decreased by 0.5 points in the first quarter 2007 and now reaches a value of 63.8 points. The business situation in the first quarter 2007 is being assessed worse by the firms in the economic sector than in the fourth quarter 2006. The partial indicator which reflects the assessment of the current business situation has decreased in the first quarter 2007 by 6.6 points down to a value of 59.4 points. However, the expectations for the following quarter are considerably better. That is, the partial indicator which reflects the estimation of the future business situation has increased in the first quarter 2007 by 5.9 points to a value of 68.5 points. This is the result of a business survey among German IT-related service providers conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, in cooperation with the credit reference agency Creditreform, Neuss, in March 2007. read more

March 2007

14.03.2007 – ZEW/CS (gla/kvs)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - ZEW Credit Suisse indicator for the Economic expectations continues to diminish

The results of the latest ZEW Credit Suisse survey reveal a very positive assessment of the economic situation in Switzerland from the previous month. However, regarding the economic outlook the survey participants tend to paint a somewhat more pessimistic picture. The ZEW Credit Suisse indicator falls to -28 points after it attained -17.3 points in February. read more

13.03.2007 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Moderate upswing

The dynamism of the recovery process traced by the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany slackened off somewhat in March 2007. The indicator rose by 2.9 points and now stands at 5.8 points after 2.9 points in February. This is still far below its historical average of 33.2 points. read more

01.03.2007 – ZEW (ssc/kvs)

Financial Experts See Little Room for Monetary Policy Measures Against Asset Price Bubbles

A massive share price fall as recently observed at the Shanghai stock market raises the question of whether central banks are able to counteract asset price bubbles on the markets taking the according steps in time. According to the findings of a survey among approximately 270 financial market experts conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, in February 2007, this undertaking has very little chance of success. read more

February 2007

15.02.2007 – ZEW/CS (gla/kvs)

ZEW–CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - ZEW Credit Suisse indicator regarding the current situation still at a high level, economic outlook somewhat more pessimistic again

In the survey carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, the surveyed financial market experts continue to regard the current situation of the Swiss economy as very favourable and the corresponding indicator stays at an almost unchanged level of 90.4 points. read more

13.02.2007 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Experts are increasingly relaxed

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany continued its recovery in February 2007. Compared with minus 3.6 points in January, the indicator’s current level of plus 2.9 points is still far below its historical average of 33.3 points. read more

January 2007

18.01.2007 – ZEW/CS (gla/kvs)

ZEW–CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - ZEW Credit Suisse indicator regarding the economic outlook at -10.8 points paints a more optimistic picture than in the previous month

In the survey carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse, the surveyed financial market experts continued to paint a very positive picture regarding the current situation of the Swiss economy. The ZEW Credit Suisse indicator for expectations regarding the economic outlook rose to -10.8 points. 12.3 percent of the survey participants expect further improvement of economic dynamics, while 23.1 percent expect the pace of growth to decrease. 47.7 percent of the survey participants - again less than in the previous month - expect the Swiss Franc to gain strength versus the Euro, while 10.8 percent expect further weakness in this regard. Following the renewed tightening of monetary policy by the SNB in December, 86.2 percent of the survey participants expect further tightening to come. Inflation expectations barely changed, the according indicator stands at 18.6 points. read more

16.01.2007 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - With momentum into the new year

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany continued its recovery in January 2007. Compared with minus 19 points in December, the indicator’s current level of minus 3.6 point is nevertheless still far below its historical average of 33.5 points. read more

15.01.2007 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/kvs)

Service Providers of the Information Society - High Training Intensity and Great Need for Advanced Training

The training intensity among IT-related service providers is high: almost 80 per cent of all companies in this economic sector train apprentices in one or more professions. Displaying a training intensity of 90 per cent, telecommunications service providers lead in the field of vocational training, whereas only about two thirds of the architects and business consultants train new recruits. read more

11.01.2007 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/kvs)

IT-Related Service Providers - Business Situation Remains Stable – Positive Final Quarter 2006

The ZEW-IDI, sentiment indicator for the economic sector IT-related service providers, has slightly increased by 0.2 points in the fourth quarter 2006 and now reaches a value of 64.3 points. The business situation is being positively assessed by the firms in the economic sector in the fourth quarter 2006. read more

December 2006

27.12.2006 – ZEW (ssc/kvs)

ZEW Financial Market Test – Experts Expect DAX to Grow by 5 Per Cent in 2007

The financial market experts interviewed by ZEW expect the German share index (DAX) to increase by 5 per cent in the coming year. The potential of the US-American index Dow Jones is to lie at merely 2.5 per cent. read more

13.12.2006 – ZEW/CS (mbu)

ZEW–CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Slight deterioration of the assessment of current conditions, ZEW Credit Suisse indicator regarding the economic outlook also declines slightly to a reading of -23.7 points

In the survey carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS) in December, the assessment of the financial market experts regarding the current situation of the Swiss economy was slightly less favorable. The ZEW Credit Suisse indicator for expectations regarding the economic outlook fell to -23.7 points. 10.2 percent of the survey participants expect further improvement of economic dynamics, while 33.9 percent expect the pace of growth to decrease. A majority of survey participants expects the Swiss Franc to gain strength versus the Euro (52.5 percent), only 1.7 percent expect it to weaken further. Ahead of tomorrow's rate decision more than 86.4 percent of the survey participants expect higher short-term interest rates. Inflation expectations barely changed, the according indicator stands at 18.6 points. read more

12.12.2006 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations recovered significantly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany recovered significantly by 9.5 points in December. Compared with minus 28.5 points in November, the indicator's current level of minus 19.0 points is nevertheless still far below its historical average of 33.7 points. read more

November 2006

16.11.2006 – ZEW/CS (mbu)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland: Assessment of current condition slightly less positive than in the previous month - ZEW Credit Suisse indicator regarding the economic outlook continues its decline to -21.3 points

In the survey carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS) in November, the assessment of the financial market experts regarding the current situation of the Swiss economy was slightly less favorable after the indicator had reached the highest level since the survey was launched. The Credit Suisse ZEW indicator for expectations regarding the economic outlook fell again, to now -21.3 points. Still 11.5 percent of the survey participants expect further improvement of economic dynamics, while 32.8 percent expect the pace of growth to decrease. read more

14.11.2006 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations have stabilized

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany dropped slightly by 1.1 points in November. Compared with minus 27.4 points in October, the indicator's current level of minus 28.5 points is still far below its historical average of 34.0 points. read more

October 2006

19.10.2006 – ZEW/CS (mbu)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Assessment of current condition rises to highest level since the launch of the survey, indicator for expectations regarding economic outlook falls to -14.1 points

In the survey carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse in October 2006, the assessment of the financial market experts regarding the current situation of the Swiss economy improved and even reached the highest level since the survey was launched. Contrary to this the indicator for expectations regarding the economic outlook fell to -14.1 points. A deterioration of economic momentum is expected by 24.6 percent (+7.4 percent) of survey participants, while only 10.5 percent (-8.5 percent) expect an improvement. Fewer survey participants expect inflationary pressure to rise, a majority expects further tightening by the Swiss National Bank. Only 7 percent expect a further depreciation of the Swiss Franc vs. the Euro. read more

17.10.2006 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations slightly decreased

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany dropped slightly by 5.2 points in October. Compared with minus 22.2 points in September, the indicator's current level of minus 27.4 points is now far below its historical average of 34.3 points. read more

16.10.2006 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/kvs)

Service Providers of the Information Society – Online Advertisement on the Advance

Specialist journals count the Internet among the most frequently used advertising tools in the economic branch of IT-related service providers. About 47 per cent of the companies in this sector promote their products and services online. read more

12.10.2006 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/kvs)

IT-Related Service Providers - Stabilisation of the Business Situation - Optimistic Expectations for the Fourth Quarter 2006

The ZEW-IDI, sentiment indicator for the economic sector IT-related service providers, has slightly decreased on the third quarter 2006 by 5.5 points and is now at a level of 64.1 points. Indeed, the business development in the third quarter 2006 has been less dynamic compared to the previous quarter. Nevertheless the high value of the indicator, despite this slight decline, expresses an optimistic sentiment and suggests a stabilisation of the business situation in the economic sector. read more

September 2006

21.09.2006 – ZEW/CS (mbu)

ZEW–CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Positive assessment of current economic situation, while expectations for future development deteriorate further

The Financial Market Test Switzerland carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS) in September confirms the overall positive sentiment that has prevailed since the launch of the survey. The current situation is judged to be good by 86.2 percent - only slightly less than in the previous month (90.2 percent). The indicator regarding expectations for economic development falls to 1.8 points in the September survey (in August 16.3 points). Fewer participants than in the previous month expect short term and long term interest rates to rise. Respondents on average expect oil prices to decline further. Accordingly inflation expectations have declined significantly with now 41.4 percent anticipating inflation to rise further in Switzerland (down from 59.0 percent in the previous month). read more

19.09.2006 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations Again declined

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany dropped by 16.6 points in September. Compared with minus 5.6 points in August, the indicator's current level of minus 22.2 points is now far below its historical average of 34.7 points. read more

07.09.2006 – ZEW (mko/msc)

ZEW Financial Market Test – Three-Pillar System Responsible for Negligible Presence of Foreign Banks in Germany

The presence of foreign banks in Germany is still on a low level. Financial market experts consider the strict division of the German banking system into private banks, savings banks and cooperative banks to be the major obstacle to a stronger commitment of foreign banks in Germany. read more

August 2006

25.08.2006 – ZEW (msc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment

Over the past months, public debate has centred around the diverging economic expectations presented in the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the ifo Business Climate Index. Whereas the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment has already been falling since February 2006, the ifo Business Climate Index started to indicate an economic downswing in 2007 only two months ago. The broad public, however, was not aware of the fact that the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment solely represents estimations, whereas the ifo Business Climate Index comprises two elements: business situation and business expectations. read more

24.08.2006 – ZEW/CS (mbu)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Positive Assessment Prevails, but Medium-term Growth Outlook Less Optimistic

The Financial Market Test Switzerland carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS) in August confirms the overall positive sentiment that has prevailed since the survey was launched in June of this year. The financial market experts give an even more favourable assessment of the current economic situation in Switzerland than they did in July. The corresponding indicator now stands at 90.2 points. read more

22.08.2006 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Downward Trend continues

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany dropped by 20.7 points in August. Compared with 15.1 points in July, the indicator's current level of -5.6 points is now far below its historical average of 35.0 points. read more

July 2006

18.07.2006 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Considerable Disillusion among the Financial Market Experts

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany dropped by 22.7 points in July. Compared with 37.8 points in June, the indicator's current level of 15.1 points is now far below its historical average of 35.2 points. read more

18.07.2006 – ZEW/CS (mbu)

ZEW - CS Financial Market Test Switzerland: Second Survey Confirms Positive Economic Outlook for Second Half of 2006

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS), has for the second time carried out the Financial Market Test Switzerland. The results continue to show the optimistic view of the survey participants regarding the economic prospects in Switzerland for the second half of 2006. read more

17.07.2006 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/kvs)

Service Providers of the Information Society – High Level of Attractiveness on International Markets

Business relations with foreign countries are of great importance to service providers of the information society. In the second quarter of 2006, about two thirds of the companies in this economic sector stated that they received services from abroad. Approximately three quarters of the enterprises sell their services in other countries. read more

13.07.2006 – ZEW/Creditreform (jme/kvs)

Service Providers of the Information Society - Economic Upswing and Positive Employment Trends Continue

Following a positive start to the year, IT-related service providers are optimistic about the second half of 2006. In the second quarter of 2006, the ZEW-IDI, the sentiment indicator for the economic sector IT-related service providers, grew by 6.3 points, compared to the first quarter of the year, and thus reached a total of 69.6 points. The sub-indicator indicating the current business situation is mainly responsible for the increase. Compared to the first quarter of 2006, this sub-indicator grew by more than 10 points to 65.1 points. The optimism among the companies of this economic sector is also reflected in the development of employment. Here, the positive Trend has continued for the third consecutive quarter. read more

June 2006

19.06.2006 – ZEW/CS (mbu)

New economic survey by the Centre for European Economic Research in cooperation with Credit Suisse - The results of the first survey indicate a robust economic situation in Switzerland

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, in cooperation with Credit Suisse (CS), has for the first time carried out a financial market test, a survey among financial market experts, for Switzerland. The analysis shows that the economic forecasts of the participants appear very positive. The current economic situation is for the most part also considered good. The respondents expect an increase in the inflation rate as well as in short- and longer-term interest rates. The detailed results can be obtained from the "Switzerland Financial Market Report", which will be published on a monthly basis. read more

13.06.2006 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Downward movement continues

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany fell by -12.2 points in June. Compared with +50.0 points in May, the indicator's current level of +37.8 points is only slightly above its historical average of +35.3 points. read more

May 2006

16.05.2006 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations drop significantly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany fell by -12.7 points in May. However, compared with +62.7 points in April, the indicator's current level of +50.0 points is still well above its historical average of +35.3 points. read more

April 2006

19.04.2006 – ZEW/Creditreform (mva/kvs)

Service Providers of the Information Society – Companies Bank on External Advice and Outsourcing to Tackle IT Security Issues

Malware (malicious software) originating from the internet such as viruses, worms and Trojans disturb a company’s data storage and the correct functioning of the IT systems. A large majority of service providers are aware of these internet-based risks. That is why, 75 per cent of them bank on external advice in terms of IT security issues. About 33 per cent partially or completely outsourced their IT administration to external service providers. Only 20 per cent of the companies handle administration and IT security issues on their own. read more

18.04.2006 – ZEW/Creditreform (mva/kvs)

IT-Related Service Providers - Positive Employment Effects Despite Dampened Business Development

The ZEW-IDI, sentiment indicator for the economic sector of IT-related service providers, has receded in the first quarter 2006 by 7.4 points to now 63.3 points. Its high level nevertheless expresses optimism, notwithstanding this decline. read more

11.04.2006 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations almost unchanged

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany fell by -0.7 points in April. However, compared with +63.4 points in March, the indicator's current level of 62.7 points is still well above its historical average of 35.3 points. read more

March 2006

14.03.2006 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Small Correction of Expectations

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany dropped by -6.4 points in March. Compared with +69.8 points in February, the indicator's current level of +63.4 points is far above its historical average of + 35.1 points. read more

February 2006

14.02.2006 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Stabilization at a high level

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany dropped slightly by -1.2 points in February. Compared with +71.0 points in January, the indicator's current level of 69.8 points is far above its historical average of +34.9 points. read more

January 2006

12.01.2006 – ZEW (mva)

IT-Related Service Providers - Economic stabilisation at high level leads to first positive employment effects

IT-related service providers concluded the year 2005 with a favourable business outlook. For the first time, positive effects on the job market can be seen as well. read more

10.01.2006 – ZEW (ssc/mko)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations on the Rise

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increases significantly by +9.4 points in January. Compared with +61.6 points in December, the indicator's current level of +71 points is far above its historical average of +34.7 points. read more

December 2005

13.12.2005 – ZEW (ssc/mko/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Clear Rise in Expectations

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increases by a remarkable +22.9 points in December. Compared with +38.7 points in November, the indicator's current level of +61.6 points is far above its historical average of +34.5 points. read more

November 2005

15.11.2005 – ZEW (vkl/ssc/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Indicator continues to move sideways

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreases slightly in November by -0.7 points. Compared with +39.4 points in October, the indicator's current level of +38.7 points is still above its historical average of +34.3 points. read more

October 2005

18.10.2005 – ZEW (vkl/ssc/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Expectations stabilise

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany slightly increases in October. Standing at +39.4 points versus +38.6 points in September, the indicator remains above its historical average of +34.3 points. read more

13.10.2005 – ZEW/Creditreform (mva/kvs)

IT-Related Service Providers - Upswing Continues

In the third quarter 2005 the IT-related service providers followed up on the positive business development of the previous quarter and further expanded their respective activities. This is indicated by the clear increase of the ZEW-IDI. read more

September 2005

20.09.2005 – ZEW (vkl/ssc/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Political uncertainty depresses sentiment

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreases by a substantial -11.4 points in September. Standing at +38.6 points versus +50.0 points in August, it is still above its historical average of +34.3 points. read more

07.09.2005 – ZEW (vkl/kvs)

Expert Survey Within the ZEW Financial Market Test – Analysts Expect Positive Reactions From the Stock Market Under a Conservative-Liberal Coalition Government

In the federal elections on September 18th, German citizens will decide who sets the political and economic course in Germany over the coming four years. Financial experts forecast that a coalition government of CDU/CSU and FDP will have the most beneficial effects on the German stock market – on a one-month well as on a two-year horizon. read more

August 2005

23.08.2005 – ZEW (vkl/ssc/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Indicator continues to rise

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany rises by a substantial +13.0 points in August. Standing at +50.0 points compared with +37.0 points in July, it is again clearly above its historical average of +34.3 points. read more

July 2005

19.07.2005 – ZEW (vkl/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment July 2005 - Indicator Rises Significantly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany rises in July by a substantial +17.5 points. At its current level of +37.0 points, compared with +19.5 points in June, the indicator again stands slightly above its historical average of +34.2 points. read more

14.07.2005 – ZEW/Creditreform (mva/kvs)

IT-Related Service Providers - ZEW-IDI at Peak Level

The ZEW-IDI, sentiment indicator for the economic sector IT-related service providers, climbed to a score of 62.6 points in the second quarter 2005. With this marked increase, as compared to the previous quarter's value (55.4 points), the indicator reaches its peak of the second and third quarter 2004. read more

June 2005

21.06.2005 – ZEW (vkl/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Pessimism Fades

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany rises by a substantial +5.6 points in June. Having reached +13.9 points in May, the indicator's current level of +19.5 points is still far below its historical average of +34.1 points. read more

16.06.2005 – ZEW (ssc/ggr)

Study on the Accuracy of Leading Indicators - ZEW Indicator Provides Highest Forecasting Quality on a Six-month Horizon

From time to time, the scientific sphere and the public call into question the forecasting quality of leading indicators of economic development. A recent study by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, based on econometric analyses now shows that the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment as part of the ZEW Financial Market Survey as well as the ifo business expectations by the ifo Institute in Munich have a reliable signal effect for the future development of the annual growth rate in German industrial production. read more

May 2005

24.05.2005 – ZEW (vkl/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Stabilization Remains Elusive

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany fell again in May by a substantial -6.2 points. At its current level of +13.9 points, compared with +20.1 points in April, the indicator is now well below its historical average of +34.2. read more

April 2005

19.04.2005 – ZEW (vkl/ggr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment April 2005 - Pessimism returns

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased by a substantial -16.2 points in April. At its current level of +20.1 points compared with +36.3 points in March the indicator is now significantly below its historical average of +34.4 points. read more

14.04.2005 – ZEW/Creditreform (mva/kvs)

IT-Related Service Providers - Further Drop in Sentiment Indicator

The ZEW-IDI, sentiment indicator for the economic sector IT-related service providers, has dropped in the first quarter 2005 for the second quarter in a row and now rates at 55.4 points. This value of the indicator, which is being compiled since the third quarter of 2003, corresponds with the, as of yet, historic low recorded in the first quarter 2004. read more

March 2005

15.03.2005 – ZEW (vkl/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment March 2005 - Experts Cautiously Optimistic

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany improved slightly by +0.4 points in March. At its current level of +36.3 points compared with +35.9 points in February the indicator continues to lie approximately at its historical average of +34.5 points. read more

February 2005

15.02.2005 – ZEW (vkl/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Again A Clear Rise

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany clearly increases by +9.0 points in February. It now stands at +35.9 points following +26.9 points in January. Thus, the indicator again stands approximately at its historical average of +34.4 points. read more

January 2005

13.01.2005 – ZEW/Creditreform (joh/kvs)

German IT-Related Service Providers: Upward Trend Contained

The ZEW-IDI, sentiment indicator for the German IT-related service providers, rates with 59.0 points in the fourth quarter of 2004 clearly below the previous quarter's value of 62.6 points. read more

11.01.2005 – ZEW (vkl/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment January 2005 - Positive Outlook at the Beginning of the Year

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany clearly increases by 12.5 points in January. It now stands at +26.9 points following +14.4 points in December. Despite this positive development, the indicator is still below its historical average of +34.4 points. read more

December 2004

07.12.2004 – ZEW (vkl/ssc)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment December 2004 - Decline in Expectations comes to a halt

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany marginally increases by +0.5 points in December. Following 13.9 points in November it now stands at 14.4 points. The indicator is thus still well below its historical average of 34.5 points. read more

November 2004

09.11.2004 – ZEW (vkl/ssc)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment November 2004 - Dampened Economic Expectations

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany shows a clear decrease of -17.4 points in November. Now standing at 13.9 points following 31.3 points in October, the indicator is now well below its historical average of 34.6 points. read more

October 2004

12.10.2004 – ZEW (msc/fhe/vkl)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment October 2004 - Increasing Pessimism among Experts

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreases by 7.1 points in October. The indicator now stands at 31.3 points compared with +38.4 points in September. Hence, it lies below its historical average of +34.7 points. read more

September 2004

14.09.2004 – ZEW (vkl/msc)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment September 2004 - Optimism continues to fade away

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased by 6.9 points in September. The indicator now stands at 38.4 points. Although this value represents a further decline compared to +45.3 points in August, expectations remain above their historical average of +34.8 points. Thus, experts expect a slight medium-term recovery of the economy. read more

August 2004

17.08.2004 – ZEW (vkl/msc)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment August 2004 - Declining expectations

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreases in August by 3.1 points. The indicator now stands at +45.3 points, compared with +48.4 points in July. In spite of the decline, experts expect a moderate recovery for Germany's economy until the beginning of next year. read more

July 2004

21.07.2004 – ZEW (mva/kvs)

Business Activity Picks up in German IT-Related Services Sector

The value of the ZEW-IDI, sentiment indicator for the German IT-related service providers, is 62.6 points in the second quarter of 2004. This value clearly exceeds the value of 55.4 points of the first quarter. read more

20.07.2004 – ZEW (vkl/msc)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment July 2004 - Stabilization raises hopes

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased slightly in July. The indicator now stands at +48.4 points, compared with +47.4 points in June. read more

June 2004

22.06.2004 – ZEW (cst/fhe/vkl)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment June 2004 - Downward Trend Ends

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased slightly in June. The indicator now stands at +47.4 points, compared with +46.4 points in May. read more

May 2004

18.05.2004 – ZEW (vkl/cst/fhe)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment May 2004 - Downward Trend Lessens

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany continues to drop slightly in May. The indicator now stands at +46.4 points compared with +49.7 points in April. read more

April 2004

20.04.2004 – ZEW (vkl/cst)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment April 2004 - Optimism continues to fade

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany continued to drop significantly in April. The indicator now stands at +49.7 points compared with +57.6 points in March. read more

14.04.2004 – ZEW (mva/ggr)

German IT-Related Service Providers View Economic Upturn with Caution

The ZEW-IDI value is 55.4 points in the first quarter of 2004. This sentiment indicator for the German IT-related service providers was introduced at the end of last year. In the fourth quarter of 2003 the ZEW-IDI had reached a value of 58.4 points. read more

March 2004

17.03.2004 – ZEW (thh/kvs)

Refurbishing the Corporate Image with E-Commerce

By introducing e-commerce, German companies pursue in particular two aims. On the one hand, they aim at contributing to a positive corporate image. On the other hand, they do not want to lack in comparison to other competitors providing e-commerce services. read more

16.03.2004 – ZEW (vkl/fhe)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment March 2004 - Doubts about lasting recovery

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany dropped significantly in March. The indicator now stands at +57.6 points compared with +69.9 points in February. read more

February 2004

17.02.2004 – ZEW (vkl/cst/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment February 2004 - Scepticism returns

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreases slightly in February. The indicator now stands at +69.9 points compared with +72.9 points in January. read more

January 2004

20.01.2004 – ZEW (vkl)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Stable at a high level

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany stabilised at a high level in January. The indicator now stands at +72.9 points compared with +73.4 points in last year's December. read more

08.01.2004 – ZEW (mva/kvs)

Positive Economic Development Continues in the German IT-Related Services Sector

From now on the ZEW will be releasing a quarterly sentiment indicator for the IT-related service providers. The new indicator, ZEW-IDI, is based upon the ZEW/Creditreform business survey among enterprises that belong to this sector. read more

December 2003

09.12.2003 – ZEW (dla/vkl)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Good prospects for 2004

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased considerably in December. The indicator now stands at +73.4 points compared with +67.2 points in November. read more

November 2003

11.11.2003 – ZEW (vkl/dla)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for November: Indicator reaches new annual high

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has increased again in November after having consolidated in the previous month. The indicator now stands at +67.2 points compared with +60.3 points in October. read more

October 2003

22.10.2003 – ZEW/Creditreform (mva/kvs)

Positive Economic Trend in German IT-Related Services Sector

The annual rate of growth in turnover in the German IT-related services sector increased to 2.1 percent in the third quarter of 2003, up from 1.8 percent in the previous quarter. read more

14.10.2003 – ZEW (vkl/dla/fhe)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Consolidation at a high level

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany fell slightly in October. The indicator now stands at +60.3 points compared with +60.9 points in September. The indicator thus suggests that optimism continues, but uncertainty concerning the economic upswing has not vanished completely. read more

September 2003

16.09.2003 – ZEW (vkl/dla)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Positive Trend Continues

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany continued to rise considerably in September. The indicator now stands at +60.9 points in comparison to +52.5 points in August. The analysts thus confirm the expected economic rebound in Germany for the beginning of next year. read more

August 2003

19.08.2003 – ZEW (vkl/dla)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Confidence Continues to Rise

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany continued to increase considerably in August. The indicator now stands at +52.5 points as compared to +41.9 points in July. read more

July 2003

23.07.2003 – ZEW/Creditreform (mva/kvs)

German IT-Related Service Providers Optimistic

The development of the annual rate of growth in turnover in the German IT-related services sector in the second quarter of 2003 was better than the firms had forecasted in the previous quarter. It increased to 1.8 percent, after 1.7 percent in the first quarter of 2003. read more

15.07.2003 – ZEW (vkl/dla)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for July: Signs of upswing

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased considerably in July. The indicator gained +20.6 points versus the previous month and now stands at +41.9 points. It is now well above its historical mean of 33 points and signals an economic upswing for the beginning of the next year. read more

June 2003

17.06.2003 – ZEW (fhu/vkl)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Sentiment Improves After Rate Cut

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased for the sixth month in a row in June. Compared with the previous month's result the indicator gained +2.6 points and now stands at +21.3 points. read more

May 2003

13.05.2003 – ZEW (fhu/vkl)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Stock Markets Support Optimism

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased slightly by +0.3 points in May and now stands at +18.7 points versus +18.4 points in the previous month. read more

April 2003

23.04.2003 – ZEW (mva/kvs)

Dismal Prospects for German IT-Related Service Providers

The annual rate of growth in turnover in the German IT-related services sector declined to 1.7 percent in the first quarter of 2003 from 2.1 percent in the previous quarter. The poor economic development in this sector becomes especially apparent when compared to the first quarter of 2002: Turnover, income, demand and personnel have declined; only the downward pressure on prices has abated slightly compared to the start of 2002. read more

15.04.2003 – ZEW (fhu/vkl)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Positive Trend after the Capture of Baghdad

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased slightly by +0.7 points compared with the previous month's result and now stands at +18.4 points versus +17.7 points in March. However, separate analyses of the responses over the survey period reveal a strong influence of the Iraq war. read more

March 2003

18.03.2003 – ZEW (vkl)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for March: Cautious Optimism

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased to +17.7 points in March. This corresponds to a rise of +2.7 points compared with the previous month. The indicator thus signals cautious optimism for the second half of 2003. read more

February 2003

18.02.2003 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Hopes and Fears

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased slightly by 1.0 points in February. It now stands at +15.0 points compared to +14.0 points in the previous month. Growth in Germany can thus be expected to remain slow in the second half of the year. "The situation remains unstable, we are shifting between hope and fear," says ZEW president Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Franz. read more

January 2003

21.01.2003 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for January: A Ray of Hope

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increases in January for the first time in seven months. It now stands at +14.0 points, which corresponds to a rise of 13.4 points compared with the previous month's result. read more

09.01.2003 – ZEW (mva/kvs)

Positive End to 2002 for German IT-Related Service Providers

Turnover growth stabilised in the German sector of IT-related services at the end of 2002. The annual rate of growth in turnover increased to 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter 2002 from 1.4 percent in the previous quarter. read more

December 2002

10.12.2002 – ZEW (fhu/ggr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Sentiment Remains Flat

The downward trend of the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany has lost momentum in December. The indicator now stands at 0.6 points. read more

November 2002

12.11.2002 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Nosedive

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany deteriorates strongly by 19.2 points in November. It now stands at 4.2 points compared with 23.4 points in the previous month and is thus lower than in October 2001. read more

October 2002

23.10.2002 – ZEW (mva/kvs)

German IT-Related Service Providers Suffer from Economic Downturn

In the third quarter of 2002 the turnover growth in the sector of IT-related service providers has decelerated again. It is currently standing at a yearly rate of 1.4 percent. read more

15.10.2002 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Sentiment deteriorates further

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany declines significantly in October. It is now standing at 23.4 points which corresponds to a decrease of 16.1 points compared with the previous month. read more

September 2002

17.09.2002 – ZEW (fhu/ggr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Risks for the Economic Recovery

In September the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany is declining for the third consecutive month. It is now standing at 39.5 points which corresponds to a decrease of 3.9 points compared with the previous month's result. read more

August 2002

13.08.2002 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Considerable Slump

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany falls by 25.7 points in August. It is now standing at 43.4 points compared with 69.1 points in the previous month. This is the largest decrease in two years. read more

July 2002

09.07.2002 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Analysts remain optimistic despite weak stock markets

The economic expectations of German analysts have so far been unaffected by the latest stock market decline. The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased by a slight 0.5 points in July compared with the previous month's result. read more

June 2002

11.06.2002 – ZEW (fhu/ggr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Remaining at a high level

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increases in June after having declined in May. Compared with the previous month's result the indicator gains +3,3 points and is now standing at +69,6 points. read more

May 2002

14.05.2002 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Scepticism on the Rise

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany declines in May. With +66.3 points the index now stands -4.3 points below the value of the previous month (+70.6 points). read more

April 2002

16.04.2002 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Stabilization at a High Level

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment has slightly declined by -0.6 points in April. The index now stands at +70.6 points after standing at +71.2 in the previous month. read more

March 2002

19.03.2002 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Further Upward Leap

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment again rises sharply. The index now stands at +71.2 points, which is equivalent to an increase of +21.0. read more

February 2002

19.02.2002 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Positive Signs for the Second Half of the Year

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment derived from the ZEW Financial Market Survey rises to +50.2 points in February. This corresponds to an increase of +14.3 compared with the January result. read more

January 2002

15.01.2002 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Number of Optimists Rises Significantly

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment derived from the ZEW Financial Market Survey rises to +35.9 points in January. This corresponds to an increase of 10.1 points compared with the December result. read more

December 2001

11.12.2001 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Upward Trend Unbroken

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment derived from the ZEW Financial Market Survey has gained 12.7 points in December and is now standing at +25.8. read more

November 2001

13.11.2001 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Analysts Remain Optimistic

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment derived from the ZEW Financial Market Survey has increased in November and further continues to stabilize in positive territory. It is currently standing at +13.1 points compared to +9.8 points in the October survey. read more

October 2001

16.10.2001 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Stabilization of Optimistic Expectations

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment derived from the ZEW Financial Market Survey shows signs of stabilization in the positive range. It is currently standing at +9.8 points compared to +13.7 points in the September survey. However, it has increased slightly (+1.8 points) in comparison with the share of last month's results that were given after September 11th. read more

September 2001

18.09.2001 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Optimism continues despite terror attacks

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment derived from the ZEW Financial Market Survey again increased in September. It is now standing at +13.7 points which represents an increase of 2.3 points compared to August 2001. read more

August 2001

21.08.2001 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Expectations for German Economy Improve Considerably

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment derived from the ZEW Financial Market Survey has increased considerably in August. It is now standing at +11.4 points. read more

July 2001

17.07.2001 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Financial Analysts Remain Undecided

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment derived from the ZEW Financial Market Survey has increased again in July. It currently lies at minus 1.9 points. This corresponds to an increase by 6.2 points within a month. read more

June 2001

19.06.2001 – ZEW (fhu/kvs)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment: Hopes for a quick recovery in Germany don't come true yet

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment derived from the ZEW Financial Market Survey has decreased again in June after it had increased in April and May. It currently lies at minus 8.1 points. read more

November 2000

21.11.2000 – ZEW (bsa/kvs)

ZEW-Financial Market Tests: Financial Experts Recommend European Shares

Next year investors should buy primarily European shares: In a model portfolio with shares from Europe, North America, Japan, and the Emerging Markets European values should account for 50 percent of the volume. Investors should invest 28 percent of their portfolio volume in US shares, twelve percent in Japanese securities, and 10 percent in shares of the Emerging Markets. read more


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