German business confidence falls again in October: Ifo

21st October 2011, Comments 0 comments

German business confidence deteriorated again this month, the Ifo economic research institute said on Friday, but the decline was not quite as steep as expected.

The monthly Ifo business climate index fell to 106.4 points in October from 107.4 points in September, while economists had been pencilling in a fractionally steeper decline to 106.3 points.

Nevertheless, the index is still at its lowest level since June 2010, when it also stood at 106.4 points.

The business climate in Germany "cooled further in October," said Ifo chief Hans-Werner Sinn.

While survey participants assessed their current business situation "predominantly as favourable, they do not regard it quite as positively as in September," Sinn said.

And business expectations for the next six months "are noticeably more pessimistic than previously," he noted.

Nevertheless, overall "given the international turmoil, the German economy is still performing well," Sinn insisted.

A sub-index that measures company assessments of their current situation slipped to 116.7 points from 117.9 points in September, while expectations for the six months to come dropped to 97.0 points from 97.9 points, hitting its lowest level since July 2009.

© 2011 AFP

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