“Expectations have declined for the third time in a row. This points to increasing risks for the German economy, such as from a possible fourth COVID-19 wave starting in autumn or a slowdown in growth in China. The clear improvement in the assessment of the economic situation, which has been ongoing for months, shows that expectations are also weakening due to the higher growth already achieved,” comments ZEW President Professor Achim Wambach on current expectations.
The financial market experts’ sentiment concerning the economic development of the eurozone also decreased for the third consecutive time, bringing the indicator to a current level of 42.7 points in August, 18.5 points lower than in the previous month. The indicator for the current economic situation in the eurozone climbed 8.6 points to a level of 14.6 points compared to July.
Inflation expectations for the eurozone fell by 27.4 points in parallel with the decline in economic expectations. The inflation indicator currently stands at 42.2 points.
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