The index of current assessments for the economy as a whole rose by 0.4 points in July (excluding seasonal fluctuations) to a value of 12.1 points, thus remaining at a confident level. In the service sectors, the index gains 3.7 points and signals a good service economy with 15.3 points. In the construction industry, on the other hand, the index loses ground (5.0 points), but remains at an optimistic level with a value of 28.5 points. In the economically important manufacturing sector, the situation index continues to lose ground (3.0 points) and is now only just in the positive range at 2.2 points.
The index of business expectations remains virtually unchanged (0.1 points) and reaches a value of 8.1 points. In the construction industry, the expectation index gains 3.1 points and the index value remains in confident ranges at 12.3 points. In the service sectors, on the other hand, the expectation index declines slightly (0.5 points), but with an index value of 12.5 points remains within the range of confident economic expectations. The expectation index also drops in the manufacturing sector (0.4 points) and is negative for the first time since August 2016 at 0.2 points. Consequently, the heterogeneous economic expectations across the three sectors continue in July.
Details on all sectors in the current economic survey can be found here.