1. 15.07.2013 · ZEW (sel)
    Information Economy
    Business survey | Information society
    Sentiment indicator of the information economy sector

    Sentiment has improved in the information economy for the third time in a row since the second quarter of 2013. Increasing slightly by one point, as compared to the previous quarter, the ZEW Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy reaches a value of 62.3 points, the highest level in two years. The slight increase of the Sentiment Indicator is attributable to a significantly more positive evaluation of the current business situation. In comparison to the first quarter of 2013, the corresponding sub-indicator increases by 5.5 per cent and now stands at 59.8 points. This is the result of the June-survey by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) on the business situation in the information economy (see details on the survey at the end of the press release).

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  2. 22.04.2013 · ZEW (sel)
    Information Economy
    Business survey | Information society | Information Services

    The economic sentiment within the economic sector of the information economy has improved further during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the ZEW Sentiment Indicator Information Economy increases by 2.8 points and now reaches a level of 61.3 points. It has been crucial for this increase that the companies assess the future business development clearly more optimistically than during the final quarter of 2012. The sub-indicator of business expectations increases by 13.5 points to 69.1 points, which more than outweighs the decrease in the previous quarter. This is the result of a survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in March 2013 within the information economy (further information regarding the survey at the bottom of the press release).

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  3. 21.01.2013 · ZEW (sel)
    Information Economy
    Information society | Business survey

    In the first quarter of 2013, optimism among the companies of the information economy concerning the economic trend in the sector has waned. Contrary to these expectations, the companies assess their current business situation significantly more positive than a few months ago. These are the findings of a survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in the information economy sector in December 2012.

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  4. 07.11.2012 · ZEW (sel)
    Information Economy
    ZEW survey

    Today, the Internet is already essential for the success of half of the companies in the German information economy. Most companies in the sector assume that until the end of 2014, the significance of the World Wide Web will increase further. The surveyed companies expect that in the coming years, the Internet will especially contribute to improving the efficiency of client relationship management as well as knowledge and information management. Many companies also believe that the Internet has further potential for improving business processes and transactions, for opening new markets and accessing new costumer groups, as well as for developing innovative products and services. This is the result of a current survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim among some 1,000 companies of the German information economy (see bottom of the press release) with a minimum of five employees.

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  5. 22.10.2012 · ZEW (sel)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | Business survey | Information society
    Sentiment Indicator Information Economy

    In spite of a slight decrease by 0.5 points to a level of 57.6 points, the ZEW Sentiment Indicator Information Economy again lies above the crucial 50-points mark in the third quarter of 2012. The majority of companies, hence, expect a positive economic development of the sector. The economic sentiment in the information economy has already been remaining relatively stable since the third quarter of 2011, and by the end of this year, further improvement is expected. Even in the sub-sector of media service providers, where estimations have been rather bleak since the beginning of the year, optimism gradually spreads. Expectations for the coming months have brightened up noticeably. These are the findings of the quarterly survey among companies in the information economy in Germany, conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim.

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  6. 31.07.2012 · ZEW (sel)
    Information Economy

    Social media increasingly find their way into everyday life. Not only private users, but also companies discover the potentials of these interactive media. Thus, one out of two companies in the information economy currently uses social media. Media service providers and ICT service providers are particularly frequent users of social media. There is a wide range of possible applications for social media, and for many companies, the placement of their profiles in social media is a primary target. These are the results of a representative survey among approx. 1,000 companies of the information economy conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in June 2012.

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  7. 23.07.2012 · ZEW (sel)
    Information Economy
    Business survey | Information society | Information Services

    At first sight, the economic sentiment of the companies in the information economy being surveyed by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) on a quarterly basis seems unchanged. With a minus of 0.3 points and a current value of 58.1 points in the June survey, the ZEW Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy lies above the crucial 50-points mark again in the second quarter of 2012. A positive economic development can thus be expected during the next months. Taking a look on the sub-indicators which compose the ZEW Sentiment Indicator Information Economy, however, shows that there are indeed remarkable changes. These changes can primarily be traced back to the ICT sector which is especially important for the information economy.

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  8. 03.05.2012 · ZEW (sel)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | Information society

    In 2011, only 13 per cent of the companies in the information economy sold products and services on the Internet. However, 65 per cent of the companies within this sector used the Internet to obtain goods and services. These are the results of a representative company survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research in March 2012.

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  9. 23.04.2012 · ZEW (sel)
    Information Economy
    Business survey | Information society | Information Services

    After a slight recovery during the fourth quarter of 2011, the economic sentiment within the information economy has again tarnished slightly during the first quarter of 2012. The Economic Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy drops by 3.2 points to 58.4 points during the first quarter. But, with a value of more than 50 points, it still indicates a positive development. This is the finding of the economy survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, Germany, in March 2012 within the information economy sector.

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  10. 23.01.2012 · ZEW (sel)
    Information Economy
    Information society | Information Services | Business survey

    In the first three months of 2012, the employment situation in the German information industry is mainly positive. Approximately two thirds of the companies active in this economic sector plan to operate with a stable number of employees. 24 per cent plan to hire staff and approximately 10 per cent intend to reduce the number of employees. On balance, subtracting the negative from the positive shares of expectations, 14 per cent of the companies engaged in the information industry plan to increase their manpower. Thus, the positive labour market situation already observed in the fourth quarter of 2011 stabilises. These are the findings of a representative survey conducted in December 2011 by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim in cooperation with Creditreform in Neuss.

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