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German economic growth to accelerate, Ukraine clouds loom

BERLIN (Reuters) - German economic growth will accelerate this year to 1.8 percent and pick up again next year, the economy ministry said on Tuesday, although a closely watched survey showed Ukraine is weighing on the outlook for Europe's largest economy. Germany's economy, which powered ahead during the early years of the euro zone crisis, expanded just 0.4 percent in 2013, when exports struggled and some firms held back on investment.

Ukraine crisis weighs on German investor morale in April

MANNHEIM, Germany (Reuters) - German analyst and investor sentiment fell for the fourth month in a row in April, a leading survey showed on Tuesday, dropping more than expected as the crisis in Ukraine continued to weigh on the outlook in Europe's largest economy. Mannheim-based think tank ZEW's monthly survey of economic sentiment slid to 43.2 from 46.6 in March, missing the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll for a drop to 45.0.

Ukraine crisis pushes German investor sentiment to 8-month low

Investment sentiment in Germany hit its lowest level for eight months in April amid uncertainty about the fallout for Europe's top economy from the crisis in Ukraine, a survey found on Tuesday. The widely watched investor confidence index calculated by the ZEW economic institute fell by 3.4 points to 43.2 points in April, the lowest level since August 2013, it said in a statement. "The cautious expectations in this month's survey are likely to be caused by the Ukraine conflict, which still creates uncertainty," said ZEW president Clemens Fuest.

Ukraine crisis sours German investor sentiment

The Ukraine crisis and uncertainty about the economic fallout, are hitting the investment climate in Germany, pushing it to the lowest level for eight months in April, a survey found on Tuesday. The widely watched investor confidence index calculated by the ZEW economic institute fell by 3.4 points to 43.2 points in April. That was the lowest level since August 2013, it said in a statement. This was the fourth straight monthly drop in a row and steeper than analysts had been expecting.

Germany's ZEW index of economic confidence falls on worries about impact of Ukraine conflict

FRANKFURT - A key German index of investor confidence in the economy slipped in April amid concerns about the conflict in Ukraine. The ZEW index, a survey of investment analysts, fell to 43.2 points from 46.6 the month before. Markets had expected 45.0. The ZEW, or Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim, said Tuesday that Ukraine "still creates uncertainty" about coming months despite strong confidence in the current state of the German economy.

German investor confidence slips on Ukraine crisis, but economic upturn not seen at risk

BERLIN - A survey finds that German investor confidence has fallen further than expected this month on worries about the crisis in Ukraine — but Germany's economic upturn doesn't currently appear at risk. The ZEW institute said its monthly confidence index slid to 46.6 points from 55.7 last month. That was worse than economists' forecast of 52 points but still well above its historical average.

German business morale reaches highest level in two and a half years

By Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) - German business morale rose in February to its highest level since July 2011, suggesting Europe's largest economy will grow faster in the first quarter after expanding only modestly last year. The Munich-based Ifo think tank's business climate index, based on a monthly survey of some 7,000 companies, increased to 111.3, beating the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll that it would hold steady at 110.6. Economists said the survey pointed to an economic upturn.

German investor sentiment slips in February

Investment sentiment in Germany slipped in February as uncertainty about the US and emerging economies came to the fore, but the German recovery remains intact, data showed on Tuesday. The widely watched investor confidence index calculated by the ZEW economic institute fell by 6.0 points to 55.7 points in February, ZEW said in a statement. "The cautious expectations in this month's survey are likely to be caused by some uncertainties which came to the fore recently," said ZEW president Clemens Fuest.

Germany's ZEW survey dips in February as financial analysts weigh emerging market troubles

FRANKFURT - A key survey of optimism among German financial professionals took an unexpected dip in February amid worries over turmoil in emerging markets. The ZEW institute's index fell to 55.7 points from 61.7 the month before. Market analysts had expected a reading of 61.5. The institute and outside analysts said the index remained at a high level and reflected temporary worries about weak U.S. employment figures and troubles in countries such as Turkey and Argentina, where economies and currencies are under market pressure.

German investor sentiment slips in February

Investment sentiment in Germany slipped in February from recent highs amid uncertainty about the strength of the US economic recovery, a new survey found on Tuesday. The widely watched investor confidence index calculated by the ZEW economic institute fell by 6.0 points to 55.7 points in February, ZEW said in a statement. "The cautious expectations in this month's survey are likely to be caused by some uncertainties which came to the fore recently," said ZEW president Clemens Fuest.
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