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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 30 August 2012

August 2012: Business Climate Indicator picks up slightly in the euro area

In August 2012, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area edged up by 0.08 points to ‑1.19. The slight increase results from an improvement in managers' assessment of past production, export order books and the adequacy of stocks of finished products. By contrast, managers' production expectations and their assessment of overall order books deteriorated.

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).

The next BCI results are due to be published on 27 September 2012.

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

Scheduled publication dates

Flash estimate

Final release EU, euro area and Member States

September 2012

20 September 2012

27 September 2012

October 2012

23 October 2012

30 October 2012

November 2012

22 November 2012

29 November 2012

Contacts :

Simon O'Connor (+32 2 296 73 59)

Vandna Kalia (+32 2 299 58 24)

Audrey Augier (+32 2 297 16 07)

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