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Midday Express of 2012-10-30
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Rexam Personal and Home Care Packaging Business ("Rexam PC") of the United Kingdom by the US private investment fund Sun Capital Partners Fund V L.P. The Commission's investigation confirmed that, beside the merged entity, customers in the cosmetics and perfumery industry will continue to have alternative suppliers for cosmetic packaging.
In October 2012, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area decreased by 0.28 points to 1.62. The decline was driven by markedly worsened assessments of order books (overall and export) and past production. Managers' production expectations and their assessment of the adequacy of their stocks of finished products also worsened.
In October the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) remained unchanged in the EU, at 86.2, and declined by 0.7 points in the euro area, to 84.5. In the EU, marked declines in the industry and construction sectors were offset by improvements in services and retail trade. Consumer confidence remained broadly unchanged. In the euro area marked decreases in industry and construction outweighed the improvement in the retail trade sector, while confidence in services and among consumers remained broadly stable. Overall, the decrease in the ESI has lost pace since September in both areas and has even come to a halt in the EU in October. Although the majority of the Member States witnessed a drop in economic sentiment, this was only the case for three out of the seven largest Member States: the ESI registered falls in Poland (-2.8), France ( 1.8) and Germany (-1.4). However, the ESI continued last month's recovery in the UK (+5.2) and Spain (+1.8) and rose slightly in the Netherlands (+0.8) and Italy (+0.5).
In the second quarter of 2012 compared with the first quarter of 2012, the household saving rate decreased in the euro area (EA17) while remaining stable in the EU27. The household investment rate fell in both the euro area and the EU27. In the euro area, household income per capita fell by 0.5% in real terms, after a decrease of 0.3% in the previous quarter. These data come from a detailed set of seasonally adjusted quarterly European sector accounts released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, and the European Central Bank (ECB).
In the second quarter of 2012, compared with the first quarter of 2012, the business investment rate remained nearly stable in the euro area (EA17) and increased in the EU27. In the euro area, the business profit share remained stable, as wage costs increased at the same pace as value added. These data come from a detailed set of seasonally adjusted quarterly European sector accounts released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, and the European Central Bank (ECB).
Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission and Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, made the following statement today: "We followed closely the pre-electoral period and Sunday’s voting process in Ukraine. The turnout shows the Ukrainian citizens’ attachment to a democratic and pluralistic society. Vote counting is not yet fully completed."
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