FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - Business sentiment has deteriorated slightly in the countries belonging to the European Union in March while the consumer sentiment index has remained unchanged from February, according to the European Commission's survey of sentiment.

Consumer sentiment has remained steady at -12 points in March, while the industrial confidence remained at 0, the same level as in February. Confidence of the retail sector remained also at +1, while the index for services edged down to 9 in March from 10 in February.

The Economic sentiment index of the Euro Area has eased to 99.6 points in March from 100.2 in February.