Confidence in the euro-area economy unexpectedly improved in October for a fourth consecutive month as the European Central Bank debates further stimulus.
An index of executive and consumer confidence climbed to 105.9 from 105.6 the previous month, the European Commission in Brussels said on Thursday. That’s the highest level since June 2011. Economists forecast a decline to 105.1, according to the median of 27 estimates in a Bloomberg survey.
ECB president Mario Draghi hinted last week that he may add on to a 1.1 trillion-euro ($1.2 trillion) asset-purchase plan to push up inflation in the 19-nation region. While acknowledging that the domestic economy remains resilient, he pointed to a slowdown in emerging markets and risks from lower energy costs and a stronger euro. The inflation rate probably stood at zero in October, economists said before a report on Friday.