German IFO Business Survey

Importance: High.
Published by: IFO Institute for Economic Research.
Frequency: Monthly.
Release Time: 10 AM Continental Time during the Final Week of the Month
Coverage: Same month as the release.
Revisions: Rare

The German IFO Business Survey provides an assessment of the current and upcoming economic climate – and is derived from the feedback of over 7,000 German Business Leaders. It is seen as a leading indicator of both the German and the European economy’s wellbeing. The data in the report is fresh – covering the same month as it’s release.

The report includes the total IFO Business Climate Index and two subcomponents – the present situations index (which covers current economic conditions) and the expectations index (which attempts to forecast economic conditions). The European markets are most sensitive to the expectations index.