Despite a slight setback, the information economy remains optimistic in the new year. This is reflected in the ZEW Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy, which has reached a total of 64.5 points in the fourth quarter of 2013. Even though it has dropped by 1.8 points compared to the previous quarter, it is still well above the crucial 50-points mark. A value below that mark signals a worsening economic sentiment. The slight setback, which is the first in more than a year, can be attributed to an unfavourable development of business expectations for the first quarter of 2014. The corresponding sub-indicator has lost 6.1 points and now stands at 60.8 points. By contrast, the sub-indicator of the business situation in the fourth quarter of 2013 has increased to 68.6 points – most probably due to the year-end business. These are the findings of a survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in the information economy sector in December 2013.