Cyprus Mail

Economic sentiment rises marginally in April

Economic sentiment rose marginally in April, driven by stronger business confidence in services and industry, and firmer consumer confidence, the University of Cyprus’ Economic Research Centre (ERC) said.

The Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI), compiled by ERC, accelerated by 1.5 points in April 2018 compared with the previous month, reaching 119 points.

“The increase was driven by stronger business confidence in services and industry, and firmer consumer confidence,” it said.

The Services Confidence Indicator (SCI)  increased as a result of firms’ more optimistic views on their past business situation and their past demand, ERC added, noting that the Retail Trade Confidence Indicator (RTCI) declined as a result of deterioration in firms’ assessments of their stock volumes, and downward revisions in sales expectations.

The Construction Confidence Indicator (CCI) deteriorated due to companies’ more pessimistic views on their current level of order books, while the Industry Confidence Indicator (ICI) increased as a result of improved assessments of current orders and stock volumes of finished products.

The increase in the CCI was driven by upward revisions in consumers’ expectations about their future financial conditions and savings, and the future economic conditions in Cyprus, ERC added.

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