Economic confidence in the euro area increased more than economists forecast in September, adding to signs the single-currency bloc’s recovery is gaining momentum.
An index of executive and consumer sentiment rose for a fifth month to 96.9 from a revised 95.3 in August, the European Commission in Brussels said today. That beat the median estimate of 96 in a Bloomberg survey of 26 economists.
Signs of resurgence in the euro-area economy since it returned to growth in the second quarter after an 18-month contraction have boosted equities, with the Stoxx Europe 600 Index up more than 4 percent in the last two months. Yet Europe continues to struggle with the legacy of the debt crisis now in its fourth year, including falling industrial production and a jobless rate at a record 12.1 percent.
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