Friday, 21 January 2011

Germany: Further Improvement in the Ifo Business Climate

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Results of the January 2011 Ifo Business Survey

The Ifo Business Climate Index for German industry and trade rose further in January. The business climate has thus continued the positive development of the past year. The firms are just as satisfied with their current business as they were in December, and they have given more favourable assessments of their business prospects for the coming half year. The German economy has started the year with great vigour.
In manufacturing the business climate has clearly improved, having clouded over somewhat in the previous month. The manufacturing firms report an improved business situation and once again have given more favourable appraisals of their business outlook. Especially in exports, the survey participants see much greater opportunities. The firms have further increased the utilisation of their machines and equipment, and now capacity utilisation in manufacturing is above average. They also plan to increase the number of their staff.
No Such Thing as Small Talk: 7 Keys to Understanding German Business Culture The business climate in retailing and wholesaling has cooled off somewhat, following a significant improvement in both distributive sectors in December. Both retailers and wholesalers no longer assess their current business situation quite as favourably as in the past month. With regard to the six-month business outlook, their optimism has also weakened somewhat.
In construction the business climate index has risen once again. The surveyed contractors are more satisfied with their present business situation and also anticipate a clear improvement in business in the coming months.

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

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