Europa, the European Commission's news agency, said Wednesday the economic sentiment index rose 0.9 points to 97.8 in the eurozone, the 17 countries that share the euro as currency, and by 1.1 points to 101.8 in the 28-member European Union.
In the eurozone, the monthly survey revealed "improved confidence in industry and, to a lesser extent, among consumers," Eurostat said.
The industry confidence index rose by 1.8 points while consumer confidence rose 0.4 points. The services confidence measure went the other way, dropping 0.5 points.
Confidence measures fell 0.9 points in retail trade and 0.8 points in construction, "resulting from managers' markedly worsened assessment of order books," Eurostat said.
The Economic Sentiment Index improved in three of the eurozone's five largest economies, gaining 3.3 points in the Netherlands, 2.6 in France and 0.8 in Germany. The index slipped 2.2 points in Spain and 2 points in Italy, Eurostat said.
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