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September 2014

18.09.2014 – ZEW (ljr/ggr/jpr)

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

In September 2014 economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) slightly decrease . In the current survey the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region has lost 7.9 points and now stands at a rather balanced level of 3.3 points. The majority of 43.3 per cent of the survey participants does not expect any changes in the economic conditions of the CEE region over the next six months. 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

17.09.2014 – ZEW (lja/ggr/jpr)

ZEW-CS Financial Market Test Switzerland - Economic expectations decrease

In September 2014 the economic expectations for Switzerland decline by 10.2 points. Thus the ZEW-CS Indicator now stands at a level of minus 7.7 points. This is its first negative reading since January 2013. The slightly negative level suggests that financial analysts expect Switzerland's economic performance to decline. 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

16.09.2014 – ZEW (fmo/jrr/ggr/jpr)

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment - Downward Trend Significantly Slowed

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

15.09.2014 – ZEW (ole/ggr/jpr)

ZEW-PwC China Economic Barometer - Government Industrial Policy Raises Skepticism among German Managers in China

Skepticism is increasing among managers of German firms in the People’s Republic concerning regulatory conditions in the world’s second largest economy. The majority of decision-makers, however, still expect the trade activities of German firms in China to grow in the upcoming six months. This is the key result of the ZEW-PwC China Economic Barometer in the third quarter of 2014. The ZEW-PwC China Economic Barometer surveys executives of German firms in China about their expectations regarding the overall macroeconomic development, the development of the legal and regulatory environment, as well as investment and merger activities in various industries. read more

03.09.2014 – ZEW (ole/ggr/jpr)

China Economic Panel (CEP) - Financial Experts Keep Forecasting China's Economic Outlook as Robust

International financial analysts' expectations concerning the macroeconomic development in China remain positive according to the new results of the China Economic Panel (CEP). The CEP Indicator, which reflects assessments of financial experts regarding the business cycle in China over the course of the next twelve months, decreased by 0.3 points in the current survey period (August 26 to September 1, 2014). At its new level of 18.8 points, the index still outmatches the long-term average of 16.0 points. The CEP Indicator is computed using the margin of optimistic and pessimistic assessments within the panel of experts. read more

August 2014

27.08.2014 – ZEW (jpr)

Experts and Executive Staff from Vietnamese Institutions Visit ZEW

Experts and executive staff from Asia are participating in the qualification programme "Strengthening Macroeconomic Policies" (MPS+) in Mannheim for the sixth time. Organised and hosted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), the programme features courses and trainings on a variety of topics related to economic policy. This year ZEW welcomes 20 participants from different Vietnamese government institutions, including the country's central bank and several ministries. In the next two months they will attend in-depth training and seminars on macroeconomic issues at ZEW. read more

25.08.2014 – ZEW (hbo/hsh/jpr)

German Family Policy Has a Positive Effect on Birth Rates

Without the existing government-funded support for families, the number of births in Germany would be notably smaller. This is the result of a recently published study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Forschungszentrum Familienbewusste Personalpolitik (FFP), the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) and researchers from the universities of Cologne and Duisburg-Essen. read more

14.08.2014 – ZEW (lja/ggr/jpr)

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

In August 2014 economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE region) decrease. In the current survey the ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region has lost 16.1 points and now stands at a level of 11.2 points. Economic sentiment for almost all individual CEE countries except Poland has decreased. The largest deterioration of economic expectations in this month’s survey is displayed by the indicator for Turkey. It drops by 25.7 points. The decrease of expectations for the country might reflect financial market experts’ assessment of increased political uncertainty. read more

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


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