BERLIN, April 24 German business sentiment fell
in April for the second consecutive month, missing even the
lowest estimate in a Reuters poll and signalling that Europe's
largest economy is struggling to pull away from a contraction at
the end of last year.
The Munich-based Ifo think tank said on Wednesday its
business climate index, based on a monthly survey of some 7,000
firms, fell to 104.4 in April, down from 106.7 in March.
That was short of even the lowest forecast in a Reuters
poll for a reading of 104.8, in which the median estimate of 45
economists was 106.2.