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Euro zone investor morale slumps, recession "becoming visible"

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Investor morale in the euro zone fell in May to its lowest level since June 2020, a survey showed on Monday, dropping for the third month in a row as the impact of the war in Ukraine on Europe's largest economy becomes increasingly clear.

Sentix's index for the euro zone fell to -22.6 in May from -18.0 in April. A Reuters poll had pointed to a May reading of -20.8.

"The global economy is facing a 'perfect storm'," Sentix Managing Director Manfred Huebner said in a statement.

"The traces of the Ukraine conflict are also becoming increasingly visible in the economy," he said, adding of the euro area: "The recession is becoming visible."

A current conditions index fell to -10.5 in May from -5.5 in April, declining for the third month in a row to its lowest level since March 2021.

An expectations index fell to -34.0 in May from -29.8 in April, also declining for the third month in a row and hitting its lowest level since December 2008.

(Writing by Paul Carrel, Editing by Rachel More)

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