New York Times
September 27, 2012
The outlook for the euro zone remained unsettled Thursday, as data showed that confidence among European businesses and consumers continued to fall in September.
The European Commission reported that its economic sentiment indicator for the 17 European Union members that use the euro fell by 1.1 points, to 85.0, the seventh consecutive month of decline.
For the 27-member European Union, confidence fell by 0.9 points in September, to 86.1. An indicator of more than 100 shows more confidence than not about the economy in five sectors surveyed.
The commission attributed the weakening to declining confidence in the services, retailing, industrial and consumer sectors. It cited increased optimism in the fifth sector, construction, as a promising sign.
The data is “another warning that the euro zone economy is sinking further into recession,” Jonathan Loynes, chief European economist at Capital Economics, wrote in an analysis, adding that the results dashed hopes that the European Central Bank’s pledge on Sept. 6 “to take more decisive policy action might have improved sentiment towards the broader economy.”