Earnings Season - Dirty Diesels - Succulent Snails
Once again the latest monthly business confidence index by Germany's Ifo research institute shows the mood among German executives only keeps getting rosier despite political unease over the next German government.
Still without a government, the Bundestag has a set up a temporary panel to ensure parliament's ability to work. Cities and states are pressing on with their work - and making clear they want to see a new coalition soon.
Better than expected business in its material services and elevators unit have helped the German steelmaker beat full-year earnings forecasts, despite a net loss related to the sale of a steel mill in Brazil.
Fresh data is showing that rebounding exports and rising business investments were the main drivers of growth in Europe's largest economy over the summer, confirming Germany's robust expansion.
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