Germany Ifo Business Climate rose from 86.4 to 88.6 in December, above expectation of 87.2. Current Situation Index rose from 93.2 to 94.4, above expectation of 93.5. Expectations Index rose from 80.2 to 83.2, above expectation of 82.0.
By sector, manufacturing rose from -11.5 to -5.6. Services rose from -5.3 to -1.2. Trade rose from -26.9 to -20.0. Construction, however, dropped from -21.5 to -22.2.
Ifo said: “Sentiment in the German economy has brightened considerably. The ifo Business Climate Index rose to 88.6 points in December, up from 86.4 points (seasonally adjusted) in November. Companies assessed their current situation as better again. This comes on the heels of six consecutive falls in the indicator for the current situation. Expectations also improved noticeably. German business is entering the holiday season with a sense of hope.”