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Europäische Kommission


Brüssel, 30. Januar 2014

Januar 2014: weitere Verbesserung der wirtschaftlichen Einschätzung im Euroraum und in der EU

Im Januar ist der Indikator der wirtschaftlichen Einschätzung (ESI) im Euroraum um 0,5 Punkte und in der EU um 0,9 Punkte auf 100,91 bzw. 104,7 Punkte gestiegen. Während der Aufwärtstrend seit Mai 2013 anhält, haben sich Intensität und sektoraler Umfang der Vertrauenszunahme etwas abgeschwächt.

Economic sentiment indicator (s.a.)

January EU: 104.7 - Euro Area: 100.9

Euro area developments

In the euro area, the ESI's increase was driven by improved confidence in services, retail trade and among consumers. By contrast, confidence weakened in industry and construction. Economic sentiment improved in two out of the five largest euro area economies, i.e. Germany (+0.7) and France (+1.1), remained broadly stable in Spain and Italy and deteriorated in the Netherlands (-1.0).

Industry confidence registered a small decrease (-0.5), resulting from managers' worsened assessment of the stocks of finished products. Their production expectations and assessment of the current level of overall order books were virtually unchanged. Also managers' assessments of the past production and the current level of export order books, which are not included in the confidence indicator, remained broadly stable in January. The strong increase in services confidence (+1.9) resulted from improved assessments of demand expectations and the past business situation, while the assessment of past demand was virtually unchanged. Consumer confidence improved markedly (+1.8) and is above its long term-average for the first time since July 2011. This was mainly thanks to improving expectations about unemployment and the future general economic situation. Albeit to a lesser degree, also consumers' views on the future financial situation of their households improved while their assessment of savings over the next 12 months remained unchanged. Retail trade confidence increased markedly (+1.6) thanks to improvements in all its three components: managers' present and expected business situation and their assessment of the volume of stocks. Meanwhile, confidence in the construction sector decreased strongly (‑3.7), resulting from managers' markedly worsened assessment of order books and a less important downward revision of employment expectations. Financial services confidence (not included in the ESI) increased by 4.1 points. While the past business situation and demand expectations were assessed markedly more positively, the assessment of past demand worsened.

Employment plans were revised upwards in services and retail trade. They remained virtually unchanged in industry but worsened somewhat in construction. Selling price expectations decreased in retail trade and construction, while remaining broadly unchanged in industry and services. Consumers' price expectations for the next 12 months remained flat.

EU developments

In the wider EU, the improvement in sentiment was slightly more pronounced (+0.9). The ESI improved in the two largest non-euro area EU economies, Poland (+1.7) and the UK (+1.0). On a sector basis, as in the euro area, confidence improved in services, retail trade and among consumers and decreased slightly in industry. Confidence in the wider EU construction sector remained stable. The main reason for this difference compared to the euro area was markedly improving construction confidence in the UK.

Employment plans in industry were more upbeat EU-wide than in the euro area; on the other hand, employment plans in services were revised downwards somewhat. Concerning selling prices, the main differences to the euro area were lowered expectations in services, while expectations of construction managers remained flat. Consumers' price expectations were revised downwards.

Quarterly survey in manufacturing (conducted in January)

In the euro area manufacturing sector, the estimated rate of capacity utilisation increased markedly to 80%. Accordingly, the share of managers assessing their current production capacity as 'not sufficient' (in view of current order books and demand expectations) increased. Also managers' assessment of developments in overall new orders and their export volume expectations improved. In line with these findings, managers' appraisal of their competitive position on foreign markets outside the EU improved compared with the previous survey carried out in October. The number of months' production assured by orders on hand remained unchanged. Developments in the wider EU were largely in line with euro area developments.

Industrial confidence indicator (s.a.)

January EU: -2.6 - Euro Area: -3.9

Service confidence indicator (s.a.)

January EU: 7.3 - Euro Area: 2.3

Consumer confidence indicator (s.a.)

January EU: -8.8 - Euro Area: -11.7

Retail trade confidence indicator (s.a.)

January EU: 2.0 - Euro Area: -3.4

Construction confidence indicator (s.a.)

January EU: -24.8 - Euro Area: -30.1

Financial services confidence indicator (n.s.a.)

January EU: 14.2 - Euro Area: 11.0

The next Business and Consumer Survey is due to be published on 27 February 2014.

Full tables are available on:

Scheduled publication dates

Flash estimate

Final release EU, euro area and Member States

February 2014

20 February 2014

27 February 2014

March 2014

21 March 2014

28 March 2014

April 2014

22 April 2014

29 April 2014


Simon O'Connor (+32 229-67359)

Audrey Augier (+32 229-71607)

Vandna Kalia (+32 229-95824)

Für die Öffentlichkeit: Europe Direct über die Rufnummer 00 800 6 7 8 9 10 11 per E-Mail E-Mail

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Hinweis: Aufgrund der jährlichen Aktualisierung der Ländergewichte und der Einbeziehung des Jahres 2013 in die Standardisierungsstichprobe (1990-2013) wurden die Daten für die Vorperioden revidiert. Die Einbeziehung des Jahres 2013 in die Standardisierungsstichprobe führt zu Aufwärtskorrekturen des aggregierten ESI für die EU und den Euroraum.

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