German consumer confidence resists recession

April 27, 2009

, FRANKFURT, April 27 – German consumer confidence is resisting a deep recession in Europe\’s biggest economy, the latest survey by the GfK research institute showed on Monday.

A widely-tracked index compiled by GfK was stable at 2.5 points for May, the Nuremberg-based think tank said.

GfK\’s survey of around 2,000 people is the leading barometer of household confidence in Germany, which is suffering its worst recession in six decades.

The survey measures income expectations as well as consumers\’ outlook on the economy in general and their propensity to make major purchases.

Household confidence has held up owing to a very successful government car scrapping bonus, lower energy prices and higher pension payments, GfK found.

Hopes for an economic turnaround towards the end of the year, as demonstrated by an increase in the Ifo business climate index last week, have also helped keep consumers\’ moods from sinking, a statement said.

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