The economic sentiment index improved slightly in all sectors of the economy, with the exception of the construction sector which fell to new record lows. Business expectations in the industrial sector showed that negative forecasts over production changed direction in July, recording the best performance in the last four months, while the inventories index fell slightly. In the services sector, negative expectations over the current level of works fell significantly in July, although expectations over demand worsened afresh.
In the retail sector, business expectations improved, while in the construction sector expectations over employment worsened in the month.
Greek households’ forecasts over their finances worsened markedly in July, falling to new record lows, while forecasts over the country’s finances remained extremely negative. Greek consumers remained the most pessimistic consumers in Europe, followed by consumers in Portugal, Romania and Bulgaria.