Germany GfK consumer confidence for June dropped to 10.1, down from 10.2 and missed expectation of 10.4. That’s also the lowest level in more than two years. GfK noted that following a period of stability, the consumer climate was forced to take a small hit once more.
In particular, the steep downward spiral of the economic outlook has continued. The indicator dropped -1.3 to 1.7. It lost almost 32 points within just a 12-month period. GfK added, “The global cooling off of the economy, the endless discussions around Brexit, and the risk of an escalation of the trade conflict with the USA have also put a noticeable brake on the economic outlook of consumers. Persistent trade conflicts pose a particular threat to the export nation of Germany. Weak periods of economic activity have a similar effect on export markets.”
Also from Germany, import price rose 0.3% mom in April, below expectation of 0.5% mom.