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Background information on the sentix economic indicators

Bitter setback

The recent recovery of the European economy has come to an abrupt end. After eight consecutive improvements, the sentix economic index for the eurozone fell by a whopping 7.6 points in July. Expectations slumped by 8.5 points to 1.5 points. The moderate economic momentum in Germany is also faltering again. The positive mood due to the European Football Championship 2024 is not spilling over into the economy. The already gloomy assessment of the situation deteriorated to -32.3 points, while expectations fell to -4.8 points below the April value. The French elections are contributing to the growing concern, as is the increasing slowdown in the US economy. The overall index for the US fell for the third time in a row to its lowest value since January 2024. Expectations are now also negative there at -2.5 points.


Upswing without momentum - 8th rise in a row

The sentix economic index for the eurozone continued its recovery trend in June: however, the recovery is only proceeding slowly in triple steps. With the eighth increase in a row, the overall index has only just reached the zero line. Nevertheless, at +0.3 points, it is no longer negative for the first time since February 2022. However, the situation values remain in negative territory despite the increase (-9.0 points), while the expectations component rose by 2.2 points to +10.0 points. This means that the Eurozone has significantly better economic momentum than the USA. Although the current situation there is still considered to be extremely good at +28.3 points, the 6-month expectations have fallen slightly and are only showing a small increase (+2.3 points). Nevertheless, the level of expansion is likely to be maintained overall. Internationally, the "Asia ex-Japan" region is still convincing. The expectations component there has risen for the eighth time in a row to 19.5 points.


Small steps forward

The sentix overall economic index for the eurozone rises to -3.6 points in May 2024. This is the seventh consecutive increase and the best value since February 2022. Situation and expectation values contribute equally to the increase, which was higher than the economists surveyed by Bloomberg. However, the economic improvement continues to be characterised by moderate momentum. The rise in the index in Austria is positive, but the East-ern European region is also continuing to develop favourably. Internationally, Asia ex Japan and Latin America deserve a positive mention, while the USA and Japan have seen declines.


Will everything be fine now?

Will there finally be a sustainable economic upturn? At least the economic recovery in the eurozone and world-wide is continuing. We are measuring the sixth consecutive rise in the overall index for the eurozone. The index rises to -5.9 points. Expectations for the eurozone have even risen for the seventh time and, at +5 points, are at their highest level since February 2022. The economic signals are also stabilising internationally. Only Austria is an exception here with a completely divergent development.


Upswing (still) without Germany

At the beginning of March 2024, the sentix economic indices are improving for the most part, albeit still in mostly small steps. The overall Eurozone index rises by 2.4 points to -10.5 points. This is the fifth increase in a row. The situation also improved for the fifth time and expectations even for the sixth time (+3.2 points to -2.3 points). Nevertheless, one cannot speak of a typical spring revival. This is because Germany, as an economic heavy-weight, remains the ghost driver and is hampering the recovery. The situation looks more favourable in the other global regions. The USA, Asia ex Japan and Latin America are particularly favourable.


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