Economic Expectations Remain Almost Unchanged

ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment Stands at Minus 55.3 Points

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreases slightly by 1.5 points to a value of minus 55.3 points in the current August 2022 survey. The assessment of the economic situation in Germany also decreased and currently stands at minus 47.6 points, 1.8 points lower than in the previous month. Both the assessment of the economic situation and the expectations remain thus almost at the same level as in the July survey.

ZEW Indikator

“The ZEW Economic Expectations decrease again slightly in August after a sharp drop in the previous month. The financial market experts therefore expect a further decline in the already weak economic growth in Germany. The still high inflation rates and the expected additional costs for heating and energy lead to a decrease in profit expectations for the private consumption sector. In contrast, the expectations for the financial sector are improving due to the supposed further increase in short-term interest rates”,  comments Dr. Michael Schröder, researcher at ZEW and head of the ZEW financial market survey, on current results.

The financial market experts’ sentiment concerning the economic development of the eurozone fell 3.8 points in August and currently stands at minus 54.9 points. The situation indicator increased by 2.4 points to a new level of minus 42.0 points.

Inflation expectations for the eurozone rose by 2.1 points in the current survey. With a value of minus 23.5 points, the indicator remains clearly in negative territory, indicating a reduction of the high inflation rates within the next six months.

More information and studies on the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment and the release dates 2022 (as PDF file, 28 KB) and the historical time series (as Excel file, 81 KB)