Economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey (CEE) have increased by 9.5 points in December. The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region now displays a value of 6.1 points. 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.

The assessment of the current economic situation for the CEE region has remained almost unchanged in December. The respective indicator has increased slightly by 3.3 points and has thus reached the 0.0 points-mark.

Economic expectations for the Eurozone continue to improve for the third consecutive month. The respective indicator has risen by 5.3 points to a level of 18.2 points. Experts’ assessment of the current economic situation in the Eurozone has slightly improved in December. The indicator has climbed 6.3 points to a level of minus 54.6 points.

Information concerning further indicators of the CEE region, the Eurozone, individually analysed CEE countries or Austria can be found in the table at the end of the press release. The answers of all survey participants are taken into account for the calculation of the indicators for the CEE region, the Eurozone and Turkey. The answers of the Turkish survey participants are not taken into account for the calculation of the indicators for the individual CEE countries and Austria as their high participation share in the survey could cause significant biases in the survey results.

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Survey Procedure and Methodology

The Financial Market Survey CEE is a survey carried out among financial market experts by the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim (ZEW) and the Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna. The target of this survey is to develop indicators describing the economic conditions in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as well as in Austria. The CEE region observed in the survey consists of Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia , Slovenia and since October 2010 Turkey.

The financial experts are questioned on their evaluations of the current business situation, the medium-term prospects of the respective economies and their expectations as to the development of the inflation rate, the short- and long-term interest rates, the exchange rates and stock prices on a six month time horizon. The analysts’ assessments reflect the qualitative direction of the estimated changes. The monthly ‘Financial Market Report CEE’ contains the results for every Central and Eastern European country in detail.



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