Belgian Business Confidence Rises Sharply in October

Belgian business confidence rose significantly in October, with the index lifting into positive territory thanks to a bounce in sentiment in the building and manufacturing sectors.

The overall index climbed to +0.5 in October from -3.5 in September, Belgium's central bank reported on Tuesday. It's the strongest result since January.

Sentiment among executives in the manufacturing sector improved to -0.4 versus -6.4 in September. In the building sector, it improved to -1.7 from -3.3

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October 24, 2017 09:33 ET (13:33 GMT)