Euro-area economic confidence rose to the highest level in a decade as European Central Bank policy makers prepare for a discussion next week about whether and how to pare back stimulus.An index of industry and consumer sentiment increased to 111.9 in August from a revised 111.3 in July, the European Commission in Brussels said on Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg predicted an increase to 111.3 from a previously reported 111.2.
The Governing Council is set to start deliberations about the future path of quantitative easing when it meets on Sept. 7. With a booming economy showing few signs of being matched by a sustained pickup in inflation and a surging euro threatening to further damp price pressures, policy makers probably won’t rush an exit.
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