In May, Germany Ifo Business Climate dropped to 97.9, down from 99.2 and missed expectation of 99.1. Current Assessment index dropped to 100.6, down from 103.3 and missed expectation of 103.5. Expectations Index rose to 95.3, up from 95.2 and beat expectation of 95.0.
Ifo President Clemens Fuest said “the German economy is still lacking in momentum.” Manufacturing index dropped “slightly” but expectations rose for the first time since September 2018. However, Also, “in the services, the business climate took a substantial hit. Not since April 2013 has the indicator of current sentiment fallen as far as it did this month. Optimism with regard to the coming months also declined.”