BERLIN Feb 22 German business morale posted its
strongest monthly rise since July 2010 in February, pushing
higher for a fourth consecutive month and suggesting Europe's
largest economy could rebound strongly after a dismal end to
The Munich-based Ifo think tank said on Friday its business
climate index, based on a monthly survey of some 7,000 firms,
rose to 107.4 in February, up from a revised 104.3 in January.
That beat the median forecast in a Reuters poll of 41
economists for the index to climb to 105.0, and was well above
the highest estimate of 106.2.