French consumer confidence falls to record low in November

Published: November 27, 2018 19:12:48 | Updated: November 30, 2018 13:32:33

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French consumer confidence fell record low in November, lowest level since February 2015, according to data from the official statistics agency INSEE.

The November reading for consumer confidence of the euro zone’s second-biggest economy fell to 92 points from 95 in October, reports Reuters.

A Reuters poll of eight economists had an average forecast of 94 points for the November level.

The number of French households expressing concern over unemployment picked up, INSEE said, and worry over inflation grew as oil prices rose.

France has been hit over the last week by nationwide protests against tax increases for diesel, which many consumers blame for reducing their spending power.

The country’s President Emmanuel Macron won elections in May 2017 on promises to modernise the country’s economy, but he is increasingly running into resistance as voters become impatient to see the benefits of his reforms.

“Like much of the rest of Europe, the French economy is slowing down,” said Jerome Schupp, fund manager at Geneva-based Prime Partners.

“I am currently avoiding stocks with a big exposure to the domestic French economy such as the supermarket firms Casino and Carrefour and instead backing the more internationally exposed stocks such as Danone, L’Oreal and Total,” Schupp said.

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