German consumers say they expect a good start to the new year amid record high employment, rising wages and moderate inflation.
A survey of around 2,000 Germans asking about how they see the future found sentiment at its highest level since December 2006.
Shoppers expect Europe’s largest economy to gain momentum according to Market research group GfK.
People said they were more willing to buy as falling energy prices reduce the cost of heating oil and fuel for their vehicles.
That leaves households with more money to spend on other items.
Survey respondents’ propensity to save was also down.
However consumers’ did say they have lower expectations for their income growth in January.