Friday, 23 October 2009

October 2009: Ifo Business Climate Index Slightly Improved Again

Results of the October 2009 Ifo Business Survey

The Ifo Business Climate Index for industry and trade in Germany has risen further in October. The surveyed firms are slightly less dissatisfied with their current business situation than in September. They have again given more favourable appraisals of the business outlook for the coming six months. The economic recovery continues hesitantly.

In manufacturing the business climate is not quite as poor as it was in the previous month. The continuingly unfavourable business situation for manufacturers has improved slightly. With regard to the six-month business outlook, the survey participants are more confident than in September. Despite the appreciation of the euro, the firms see improved export opportunities. They are utilising their production capacities at a slightly higher pace than in the summer, although the utilisation rate is still far below average. The firms are planning to slow down the pace of staff reductions somewhat.

In wholesaling the business climate index has risen further. The survey participants report a clearly improved business situation in comparison to the previous month. Their appraisal of the business outlook is somewhat more critical, however. Retailers are more dissatisfied with their current business situation. They are also more sceptical regarding the six-month business outlook than in September. As a result, the business climate in retailing has worsened.

In construction the business climate remains largely unchanged. The firms are slightly more dissatisfied with their current business situation but have given more favourable assessments of their business outlook than in the previous month.

Hans-Werner Sinn President of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.

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