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More Pessimism About German Economic Recovery

A survey by the Mannheim-based Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) found that optimism for Germany's economic recovery is continuing to fade among Germany's financial experts. The ZEW's indicator of economic sentiment for Germany now stands at 49.7 points compared to 57.6 points in March. The research institute said one reason for the downward trend is the most recent economic data from Germany, such as industrial production or incoming order figures. The weak job market recovery this spring and rising oil prices also contributed to the pessimistic outlook. "Optimism among the financial experts is giving way to realism," said ZEW President Wolfgang Franz. Over 300 analysts and institutional investors participated in the ZEW survey, which is conducted on a monthly basis.