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ZEW on 17.10.2017, 12:00 h
Press Release: Economic Expectations Continue to Improve

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany continued to improve in October 2017, however, not as strongly as in the previous month. The indicator currently stands at 17.6 points, which corresponds to an increase of 0.6 points compared with the September result. The indicator, however, still remains below the long-term average of 23.8 points. "The improved outlook for the coming six months is not least the result of the surprisingly positive growth figures seen in the previous months. In August, figures for both production and incoming orders were significantly better than expected. The framework conditions for German exports, which have [...] ( more )

ZEW on 16.10.2017, 12:00 h
Press Release: M&A Involving German Firms Has Stalled

After a strong start to the year 2017, the number of mergers and acquisitions involving German firms has fallen. This trend is clearly discernible in the ZEW-ZEPHYR M&A Index, which reflects the number of M&A transactions conducted in Germany on a monthly basis. While back in January 2017, the index reached 145 points ? its highest level since January 2009 ? by July, it had fallen to 75 points. This seems to indicate that the continuing upward trend in mergers and acquisitions involving German firms has stalled. These are the findings of the latest M&A report carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research , Mannheim, on the basis [...] ( more )

ZEW on 12.10.2017, 12:00 h
Press Release: Competition Authorities Will Prevent a Potential Monopoly

Lufthansa has announced that it plans to take over the majority of the airline Air Berlin, which recently declared insolvency. Professor Achim Wambach, PhD, president of ZEW and chairman of the Monopolies Commission, offers his thoughts on the announcement. ( more )

ZEW on 12.10.2017, 12:00 h
Press Release: German Companies Operating in China Experience a Brexit Boost

The EU and Germany are already profiting from the UK?s decision to leave the EU. According to the assessment of German CEOs working in China, Brexit is offering many European companies the opportunity to expand their trade with China. These are the findings of the ZEW-PwC China Economic Barometer, a survey carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research , Mannheim, together with the accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers , for the fourth quarter of 2017. ( more )

ZEW on 09.10.2017, 12:00 h
Press Release: Party Tax Plans Vary Greatly over Relief for Private Households

Planned reforms of income tax and the ?solidarity surcharge? in Germany differ wildly depending on which political camp they come from. By far the greatest variation is visible in the taxation of private households. Total tax relief based on the various parties? tax plans could range from 1.5 billion to 34.6 billion euros, while the average disposable income of private households could rise from anywhere between 107 to 905 euros a year. In all of the suggested tax reform plans, the absolute tax reductions for households for the most part increase with income. These are the principal findings of a joint study conducted by the Centre for [...] ( more )