BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone and European Union consumer confidence fell markedly in July, the European Commission said on Wednesday releasing its monthly indicator, in a new sign of weaker morale after the 23 June British vote to leave the European Union.
The Commission's flash estimate showed euro zone consumer morale decreased by 0.7 points to -7.9 in July from an upwardly revised -7.2 in June. The June figure was previously estimated at -7.3.
Economists polled by Reuters had estimated a slightly higher drop, forecasting a consumer confidence fall to -8.0 in July.
The marked drop in July follows a slight fall in June and two consecutive rises in April and May.
The figures for the European Union as a whole showed a much worse drop of 1.8 points to -7.6, a level not seen in two years. The indicator for the bloc as a whole is now below the euro zone indicator for the first time in years.
The estimates released by the Commission confirm the post-Brexit vote downward confidence trend already seen in Germany on Tuesday when the Mannheim-based ZEW institute said its economic sentiment index sank to -6.8 points in July from 19.2 in June.
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(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio)