Eurozone Economic Confidence Drops

Eurozone economic confidence weakened more-than-expected in August to its lowest level in eight months, underscoring rising pessimism amid heightened geopolitical tensions and stagnating economic recovery.

The economic confidence index fell to 100.6 in August, the lowest score since December, from 102.1 in July, the European Commission said Thursday. The indicator was forecast to drop moderately to 101.5.

Worsened sentiment resulted from deterioration in retail trade, consumer, industry, and services confidence.

The industrial sentiment indicator declined to -5.3 in August from -3.8 in July. The expected score was -4.5. Weakened industry confidence was caused by managers’ more careful views on expected production, while assessments of the current level of overall order books and the stocks of finished products stayed broadly unchanged.

The indicator for services came in at 3.1, down from 3.6 last month. Services confidence slid somewhat owing to downward revisions of managers’ assessments of the past business situation and past demand, while their demand expectations remained virtually unchanged.

via RTT News

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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