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GfK: Economic expectations for Europe strongly influenced by Greek crisis

GfK: Economic expectations for Europe strongly influenced by Greek crisis

  • Europe
  • Results of GfK Consumer Climate Europe for the second quarter of 2015 The lengthy negotiations between Greece and its creditors have clearly influenced the mood of consumers in most European countries in the second quarter of this year. Particularly in Eastern European countries, however, the crisis between Russia and the Ukraine is playing a major role as well. Nevertheless, the GfK Consumer Climate EU28 has increased by 1 point overall since March to 10.8 points. These are results for the GfK Consumer Climate for Europe from 15 European countries.
  • GfK Group
  • http://www.gfk.com
  • info.benelux@gfk.com
  • http://www.gfk.com/news-and-events/press-room/press-releases/pages/economic-expectations-for-europe.aspx

The Greek crisis largely set the mood for European consumers in the second quarter of this year, and the economic expectations in many countries has stagnated or decreased as a result. At the time of the poll, which was carried out in the first two weeks of June, the negotiations between Greece and its creditors had increasingly come to a head. The provisional climax – the ultimate failure of the negotiations, the looming bankruptcy of the country, the closure of Greek banks, and the referendum – is therefore not reflected in this survey. It is assumed that the mood of the people in Europe, primarily within the Monetary Union, may deteriorate even more significantly over the summer. This applies, in particular, to countries like Germany, Italy, France, and Spain, which either bear a high share of Greece’s debts or are also struggling with a difficult economic situation.

The development of the income expectations as well as the propensity to buy vary among the different countries. Country-specific influences in the second quarter were stronger here than the possible effects of Greece’s exit from the European Monetary Union. Nevertheless, the GfK Consumer Climate EU28 has increased by 1 point overall since March to 10.8 for the second quarter.

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