An increase in the Ifo Business Climate Index which measures the confidence level of German businesses, caught market watchers by surprise, rising to 106.9, up from 106.2 in July. Most analysts predicted a decrease in the index.
The news of German confidence has strengthened the European currency. The euro is currently 0.2% higher against the dollar with one euro buying $1.26. It also rose slightly against the pound, to 82 pence, making the pound worth 1.2177 euros.
Source: BBC News
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