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  • September 28, 2016

    Has the time come for fiscal stimulus? 

    Global growth remained tepid in the first half of 2016. An estimate produced by FocusEconomics shows that the world’s GDP increased 2.4% year-on-year in Q2 2016, which followed a 2.5% rise in Q1. According to the estimate, global economic activity has been slowing uninterruptedly since Q1 2015 and Q2’s result marked the weakest rate since Q1 2013. This deteriorating trend is mainly the result of a deceleration in emerging economies, particularly in China and in commodity-dependent economies in Latin America, the Middle East and North African region, as well as Sub-Saharan Africa. Advanced economies have fared better, although they too are now showing signs of fatigue. As a result, global trade, investment, productivity and wages remained depressed with no signs of immediate improvement in the second half of the year.

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  • September 14, 2016

    Latin America’s economic climate shows signs of improvement

    Many countries in Latin America faced a harsh economic reality toward the end of 2015 and in the first half of 2016. The alarms went off earlier this year when commodities prices registered a renewed plunge in mid-January, which prompted capital outflows in the region, an episode of heightened volatility in Latin America’s foreign exchange markets and a deceleration of economic activity. Latin America’s economy had been contracting since the second half of 2015 and decreased further in the first quarter this year as BrazilEcuadorUruguay and specially Venezuela, registered sharp GDP contractions, while nearly all of the rest of the economies in the region experienced a slowdown. A regional GDP aggregate showed that Latin America’s GDP contracted 1.1% annually in Q1 (Q4: -0.9% year-on-year), which marks the sharpest decrease since 2009, when the economy was gripped by the fallout from the global financial crisis.

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  • September 14, 2016

    Economy accelerates in Q2 on improvements in region’s key players

    Recent data show that the economy of the Central American and the Caribbean region gained traction in the second quarter of this year, improving notably over the deceleration recorded in the first quarter. GDP expanded 3.5% over the same quarter of last year, according to a preliminary estimate. The figure marked the fastest increase in over a year and was an improvement over the 2.7% expansion in Q1.

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  • September 21, 2016

    Domestic demand drives growth in Q2, ASEAN leaders focus on boosting trade

    Growth in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) picked up moderately in the second quarter as the region’s largest economy, Indonesia, kicked into a higher gear. The ASEAN economy expanded 4.7% over the same period of last year, just above Q1’s 4.6% increase. Faster growth in the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam also contributed to the acceleration, while Malaysia’s economy lost steam and growth stagnated in Singapore. Overall, the boost came on the back of improved performance in domestic demand, while the external sector continues to suffer from weak global trade flows. 

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  • September 21, 2016

    Disappointing performance in India hits ESA growth in Q2 

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  • September 28, 2016

    Domestic economy drags on growth in Q2 

    The driver of the Eurozone’s recovery, domestic demand, lost traction in the second quarter, causing GDP growth in the common-currency bloc to slow to a two-year low. Detailed data confirm that growth came in at 0.3% over the previous quarter, nearly half of the pace of the first quarter’s expansion (Q1: +0.5% quarter-on-quarter). The slowdown was driven by the domestic side of the economy, while exports were a bright spot, growing at the fastest pace in one year. However, the result was partly due to base effects as Q1 benefitted from the early timing of Easter and a milder winter. In addition, gains from low oil prices began to fade, causing consumer spending to lose steam.

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  • September 7, 2016

    CEE economy picks up in Q2; political uncertainty persists

    The economies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) regained some momentum in the second quarter of the year after Q1’s slump. Regional GDP growth sped up from 2.9% in Q1 over the same period last year to 3.3% in Q2, mainly due to solid growth in private consumption. The acceleration was supported by many of the conditions that have been fueling growth for several quarters now, including improvements in the labor markets, subdued inflationary pressures, accommodative monetary policy and fiscal loosening. At the same time, Q2’s reading highlighted the continued deterioration in fixed investment across the region, which had started in Q1 as EU development funds faded.

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  • September 7, 2016

    SEE decelerated in Q2 amid domestic headwinds 

    Recent data show that the economy of the South-Eastern Europe (SEE) region decelerated further in the second quarter. After 3.5% growth in the first quarter, our panel of analysts expects the region to have decelerated and expanded 3.3% in Q2 over the same period last year. The slowdown is likely due to weaker economic developments in Turkey, the region’s biggest economy. In addition, Serbia’s economy grew only 2.0% in Q2, which came in below the previous quarter’s 3.8% expansion. The disappointing performance came on the back of a deceleration in exports and fixed investment, while total consumption was robust. On a positive note, Romania’s economy grew substantially in the second quarter and its GDP expanded at the fastest rate in nearly eight years supported by domestic demand, which has been boosted by VAT cuts and higher public salaries.

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  • September 7, 2016

    Contraction in regional economy softens but…

    In the wake of a plunge in commodities prices, a deceleration in China’s economy and the beginning of a protracted recession in Russia, the economy of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) contracted in 2015, showing a substantial deterioration toward the end of that year. The persistent weakness in commodities prices and a further deceleration of the Chinese economy at the beginning of this year prolonged the recession in the region. The release of more complete data across the region showed that the CIS economy contracted 0.6% in Q2 over the same period last year, which was, nonetheless, less pronounced than the 1.1% decrease recorded in Q1. Downward pressure on the region’s growth eased in the second quarter owing principally to an improvement in the economic situation in Russia, which is by far the region’s largest economy.

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  • September 7, 2016

    All eyes on a potential oil cap deal at September’s meeting

    A comprehensive dataset showed that growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) fared worse at the outset of the year than initially expected. Despite rising, oil prices remained at low levels, which prompted some countries to remove subsidies and cut public expenditure, hitting growth in Q1. Moreover, economic dynamics were negatively affected by tepid global demand and challenging domestic conditions. GDP for the region expanded 1.8% annually in Q1 (Q4: +2.1% year-on-year), which was below the 2.0% increase reported in the previous month. However, some tentative signs of improvement have since emerged.

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  • September 21, 2016

    SSA decelerates further in Q2 amid low commodity prices and domestic headwinds

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