Ifo Business Climate Index for industry and trade in Germany is out for July. The index is up at 106.2 from 105.9 in June, marking the third consecutive month of improvements. Current situation index is at 110.1 in July, up from 109.4 in June and also marking third consecutive month of gains. expectations 6 months out remained relatively static at 102.4 against 102.5 in June. Expectations are struggling to gain solid footing, suggesting that businesses are perceiving current conditions (expansion) as being still at risk.
Per Ifo release: "Conditions in the German economy remain fair. The business climate indicator in manufacturing rose slightly. Satisfaction with the current business situation increased for the third month in succession. Business expectations declined minimally, but remain positive. …After last month’s sharp in-crease, export expectations fell somewhat. Firms nevertheless expect expansionary impulses from export business."