The German ZEW indicator of economic sentiment for July missed analyst expectations, data released on Tuesday showed, prompting a drop in the euro and European stocks as investors grew nervous about the health of the euro zone's biggest economy.
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The indicator fell by 2.2 points compared to the previous month and is now hovering at 36.3 points. Analysts had expected the number to come in at 39.6.
The institute said experts were still sticking to their overall positive forecast, illustrating their confidence in the robustness of the German economy after rather weak figures for industrial production and foreign trade released recently.