German business morale surges in November

Morale at highest level since April 2012 in a sign that economy is steadily recovering

Europe’s largest economy is showing signs of  steadily recovering after a weak start to the year.  Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Europe’s largest economy is showing signs of steadily recovering after a weak start to the year. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Fri, Nov 22, 2013, 09:26

German business morale rose far more than forecast in November, reaching its highest level since April 2012, in a sign that Europe’s largest economy is steadily recovering after a weak start to the year.

The Munich-based Ifo think tank said today its business climate index, based on a monthly survey of some 7,000 firms, rose to 109.3, beating the consensus forecast for a rise to 107.7 and surpassing even the highest estimate for a reading of 108.5. The November figure compared with a reading of 107.4 in October.

The euro rose and German Bund futures extended losses after the index was published. (Reuters)

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