German business morale recovering

German business morale recovering

German business morale recovering

Confidence among German business leaders held steady in May after months of erosion, a regular survey showed on May 25, although doubts remained over the outlook for the world economy.

The Munich-based Ifo institute reported a reading of 102.2 in its monthly barometer, the same level as April after five slips in a row.

“The German economy is performing well in a difficult international situation,” Ifo president Clemens Fuest said in a statement. Business leaders were slightly more confident about the present economic situation, the survey showed, but a little less optimistic about the future for Europe’s largest economy.

Fears have mounted for Germany, the motor of the 19-nation eurozone, as growth and confidence indicators fell off in recent months and fears of a trade conflict with the United States grew. That danger is far from dispelled, with U.S. President Donald Trump threatening this week to slap a border tax on car imports - which would hurt Germany’s auto-heavy economy.

And a June 1 deadline is approaching for Trump to decide whether to permanently exempt EU steel and aluminium imports from tariffs.

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