February 20, 2018 / 3:36 PM / a month ago

Euro zone consumer confidence falls in February from 17-year high

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone consumer confidence fell by more than expected in February from a 17-year high in January, a flash estimate for the European Commission showed on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO - People carry their shopping bags in downtown Hamburg, Germany, January 25, 2018. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

The Commission said that consumer sentiment fell to 0.1 points from a revised 1.4 points in January. Economists polled by Reuters had on average expected a figure of 1.0.

In the wider European Union, confidence also slipped - to -0.3 points from 0.4 points in January.

Uncertainty about possible euro zone reforms and Italian elections and difficulties forming a German government have so far taken a backseat to improved economic factors with unemployment in the euro zone at nine-year lows.

Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop

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