German Ifo business morale rises to all-time high in October

BERLIN, Oct 25 (Reuters) - German business confidence unexpectedly rose to a record high in October after falling for two months in a row, a survey showed on Wednesday, suggesting that Europe's largest economy had started the fourth quarter on a solid footing.

The Munich-based Ifo economic institute said its business climate index, based on a monthly survey of some 7,000 firms, rose to 116.7 from an upwardly revised reading of 115.3 in September. The reading was higher than a Reuters consensus forecast for a value of 115.2.

"Companies are very optimistic about the months ahead. They also upwardly revised their very favourable assessments of the current business situation," Ifo chief Clemens Fuest said in a statement. "Germany's economy is powering ahead." (Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Paul Carrel)