German economy left SHATTERED after Brexit vote, shock new figures reveal

Friday, August 26, 2016
By Paul Martin

CONFIDENCE in Germany’s economy has plunged in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, dramatic new figures have revealed.

By LANA CLEMENTS
Express.co.uk
Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Business morale in Europe’s biggest economy tumbled in August at its fastest rate since the height of the eurozone debt crisis in 2012, showed the closely-followed economic institute Ifo survey.

The monthly 106.2 reading – from 108.3 in July – is now sitting at its lowest level since February.

Experts said the impact of Brexit is now starting to bite in Germany.

Ifo head Clemens Fuest said: “Business confidence in Germany has clearly worsened.

“The German economy has fallen into a summer slump.”

At the same time, another index measuring corporate expectations in the country fell to it the lowest since October 2014, as Britain’s vote to leave the EU starts to take its toll.

Ifo economist Klaus Wohlrabe said: “Brexit had a stronger effect now.”

He said business expectations had been hardest in the sectors with strong ties to the British market, such as chemicals and automobiles.

A sector breakdown showed the weaker headline figure was driven by deteriorated sentiment in manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing.

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