After kicking off the year 2018 in an extremely positive mood, companies in the German information economy have found that the economic situation has since cooled somewhat. However, most firms remain optimistic over the future economic development of the sector. This assessment is based on the latest reading from the ZEW Economic Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy, which reached a level of 65.1 points in the first quarter of 2018. In the previous quarter, the indicator was at a level of 70.5 points. The ZEW Economic Sentiment Indicator is the result of a survey among companies in the German information economy, conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, in April 2018.