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Brussels, 29 June 2010

June 2010: Business Climate Indicator fro the euro area remains unchanged

Important notice: since May 2010 business surveys data are classified in accordance with an updated version of the Nomenclature of Economic Activities (NACE rev. 2) causing a potential break in series at this date. In June, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area remained unchanged after 14 months of uninterrupted improvement. The current level of the indicator suggests that the recovery of economic activity in industry will continue in the coming months, although it may lose momentum. The net effect of managers' more gloomy assessment of the past production trend and more upbeat opinion about their total and export order books led to no change in the BCI. Meanwhile, managers' assessment of their stocks of finished products remained unchanged, as well as their production expectations for the months ahead.

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The BCI is based on a factor analysis of the euro area aggregate balances (seasonally adjusted) of five of the monthly questions in the industry survey (only employment and selling-price expectations are excluded).

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Full details of the Business Climate Indicator are available on the Europa website:

http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/db_indicators/surveys/index_en.htm

The next BCI Results are due to be published on 29 July 2010.


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