29/09/2010 - In September, the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) continued to improve in both the EU and the euro area. The indicator increased only marginally, by 0.3 of a point in the EU and, more significantly, by 0.9 of a point in the euro area, to 103.4 and 103.2 respectively. In both the EU and the euro area the ESI stands above its long-term average.
Among the largest Member States, Germany with another robust gain (+2.0) contributed the most to the overall development. Improvements were less pronounced in Spain (+1.1) and in the Netherlands (+0.9). The ESI in France remained broadly unchanged, while sentiment deteriorated in Poland (-0.7), Italy (-1.2) and even more so in the UK (-2.1).