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Euro-Area Confidence Unexpectedly Slips From Decade High

  • Consumers’ price expectations fall for a second month
  • ECB will meet next Thursday in Tallinn to discuss policy
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Euro-area economic confidence fell for the first time this year and consumers’ outlook for inflation weakened, pointing to subdued price pressures.

The European Commission’s index of executive and consumer sentiment fell to 109.2 in May from a revised 109.7 in April. While that fell short of economists’ expectations, the gauge remains close to the highest level in a decade. Another measure showed 12-month price expectations declined for a second month.