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Material Shortages in Germany Slightly Worse Again

The shortage of materials in German manufacturing has intensified. In September, 65.8 percent of the companies surveyed reported problems, up from 62.0 percent in August. This is a finding of the ifo Institute’s latest survey. “The hoped-for permanent easing has unfortunately failed to materialize,” says Klaus Wohlrabe, Head of Surveys at ifo. “This means that …

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ifo Business Climate in Eastern Germany Cools Dramatically (September 2022)

Sentiment among companies in eastern Germany deteriorated drastically in September. The ifo Business Climate Index for the entire regional economy fell to 85.2 points, down from 90.9 points in August. This is its lowest value since May 2020. A steep downward trend was apparent both in participating companies’ assessments of the current situation and in …

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ifo Business Climate Index Falls across the Board (September 2022)

Sentiment in the German economy has deteriorated considerably. The ifo Business Climate Index fell to 84.3 points in September, down from 88.6 points (seasonally adjusted) in August. This is its lowest value since May 2020. The decline is affecting all four sectors of the economy. Companies assessed their current business as clearly worse. Pessimism regarding …

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Germans Favor Integration of Ukrainian Refugees through Education

A majority of Germans (58 percent) are in favor of taking immediate educational measures to integrate Ukrainian refugees. There is broad support for different measures for adults, such as the right and duty to attend government-funded German courses (74 percent) and issuing work permits to refugee teachers (66 percent). These are the findings of a …

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Pandemic and Remote Working Push Consumption out of German City Centers

The coronavirus pandemic has shifted consumption from city centers to city outskirts – with ongoing impact. At the end of May 2022, sales in five German consumption centers in downtown urban areas were still 10 percent below pre-crisis levels, but sales increased by up to 20 percent in the outlying suburbs. This is the core …

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