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AFP
July 11, 2018

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German investor mood slumps

Frankfurt: Confidence among investors in Germany plunged sharply in July, the ZEW economic institute said Tuesday, reaching its lowest level since August 2012 over signs that a trade war was far from abating.

"Above all, fears of an escalation in the international trade war with the United States" drove the institute´s barometer based on a survey of financial players down 8.6 points to reach -24.7, ZEW president Achim Wambach said.

President Donald Trump has hit steel and aluminium imports to the US with tariffs and threatened to do the same to European cars, after the European Union retaliated with border taxes of its own on American goods.

Major German firms have also suffered from the White House´s trade war with Beijing, the second front in Trump´s battle to slash US deficits, as their cars built in America face new tariffs when entering China.

Investors´ views of the current situation in both Germany and the 19-nation eurozone worsened, suggesting recent "good news on industrial production, industrial orders and the labour market are more than cancelled out by the expected negative effects on exports" from the trade war, Wambach said.

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