Here are answers to some common questions related to FocusEconomics and our Consensus Forecast Reports on a variety of topics, including: General Questions, Guidance on Making a Purchase, and Information for Subscribers. 

If you do not find the information you are looking for below, please contact us: info@focus-economics.com

General FAQs

What makes a Consensus Forecast a better choice than individual forecasts?

Independent research has shown that individual forecasters are unlikely to consistently beat the market. While some forecasters will beat the Consensus for some years, they are unlikely to hit the mark year after year. With the FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast you gain access to the entire spectrum of economic forecasts, and by not relying on a single source of economic intelligence you substantially reduce the risk of being on the wrong track.

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Why choose FocusEconomics?

FocusEconomics is a leading provider of economic intelligence for more than 130 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. Founded in 1998, FocusEconomics has established a solid reputation among the world's leading financial institutions, multinational companies, consulting firms and government agencies as a reliable source for timely and accurate business intelligence.

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What areas of economic intelligence do you cover?

In our Regional and Country reports on 130+ countries, we cover the majority of major macroeconomic indicators, including GDP, consumption, investment, industrial production, retail sales, unemployment, fiscal balance, consumer prices, short-term and long-term interest rates, exchange rates, current account balance, trade balance, exports, imports, international reserves and external debt.

In our Commodities reports, we cover for 30 commodities in the energy, metals and agricultural sectors. The report comprises commodity price projections by quarter for 2 years out and annual forecasts for 5 years out, including details on each analysts’ projections and the Consensus Forecast, as well as maximum and minimum forecasts. It includes price outlook and written analysis for 30 commodities across 4 categories.

For a complete list of indicators covered in a specific country, please download a free sample

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How often is the Consensus Forecast published?

The Consensus Forecast is published and delivered on a monthly basis. Please see the publication calendar for specific release dates.

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When are the forecasts collected / updated?

The forecasts are collected during the week prior to the publication date and the most recent updates are included up to one day before publishing. For the exact date range, please consult the title page of the report.

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What are your sources of information?

Our sources include a wide range of regional and international financial institutions such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, DBS, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, ING, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and UBS among many others.

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Are your publications available in other languages?

Currently, our publications are available in English only. There is interest from subscribers for other languages and we are therefore considering different language versions in the future. Please tell us what your language is by sending an email to subscribers@focus-economics.com.

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I have additional questions. Who should I contact?

We are always available to answer any questions you may have regarding our publication and encourage you to contact us directly by telephone at +34 932 651 040 or via email: info@focus-economics.com

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Making a Purchase FAQ

In what format is the Consensus Forecast delivered?

The Consensus Forecast is delivered in Adobe PDF format. If Excel Format is included in your subscription services, you will also receive an Excel version of the publication.

For a free copy of the most recent Adobe Acrobat Reader version, please visit the Adobe website at: http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html

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What's the advantage of including Excel in my subscription?

If you require economic intelligence for informational purposes, our PDF reports are the right choice to meet your needs. However, if you would like to work with the raw data and forecasts included in our reports, you should add the Excel option to your subscription package. This will give you direct access to virtually all the numbers included in our reports and you will save valuable time that you can devote to other activities.

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How can I place an order?

You can order the Consensus Forecast via credit card in our Online Store. You may also place an order offline by phone, either via credit card or by wire transfer. Please note that we accept American Express, MasterCard and Visa.

Online: In our Store

Phone: +34 932 651 040

Email: Email to subscribers@focus-economics.com with details on which publication(s) you would like to purchase.

Regular Mail: We accept payment in either U.S. dollars, Euros or British pounds. Invoices in other currencies are available upon request. Checks should be sent to:

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Bank Transfer: For bank transfers, please contact us at subscribers@focus-economics.com for bank details and routing information.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast reports are also available through Bloomberg, Haver Analytics and S&P Capital IQ. For more details on how to access our reports through these platforms, please contact us by phone (+34 93 265 10 40) or email (subscribers@focus-economics.com). 

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What do I do if I can’t download the report(s) I purchased?

If the link to download your purchase does not work, please Contact Us for support.

If you have not received an email confirming your purchase, please check your Spam folder to ensure the email was not accidentally caught there. If you do not find the email, please Contact Us for support.

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How secure is my purchase?

All credit card information is handled via Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to ensure that your sensitive personal information is kept private.

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What is your Privacy Policy?

FocusEconomics will not sell nor rent your data provided in the online store to any outside organizations. We reserve the right to occasionally send you a free mailing list subscription offer and or a free sample download solicitation in the future. If you ever wish to stop receiving these requests, just reply to the email and put "remove" in the subject field. For more details, please see our complete privacy statement

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What is your Return Policy?

Due to the easily transferable nature of the value of information products, FocusEconomics maintains a "no return" policy. We encourage you to ensure that the report meets your needs before placing an order. The online store contains detailed descriptions of all of our products and samples of the reports can be viewed for free. For more information about a report, please contact us at: subscribers@focus-economics.com

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How many “users” are appropriate for my company’s subscription?

A multi-user subscription is the right choice for companies that plan to utilize the Consensus Forecast among multiple recipients (i.e., within a department) in a single office location.

A Company-wide license is ideal for companies that plan to utilize the Consensus Forecast throughout several office locations. 

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Can I share information included in the reports with colleagues?

Insubstantial portions of the reports on an occasional and irregular basis may be provided to colleagues or included within memoranda, reports and presentations. Sharing beyond the number of users agreed upon in the subscription on a regular or frequent basis is not permitted within the Terms & Conditions. For a complete definition of the permitted uses of the reports, please consult our Terms & Conditions. We would be happy to work with you to upgrade your subscription to include additional users. Please Contact Us at any time to learn more about available subscription options.


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When will I receive the Consensus Forecast report?

Online orders:

Subscribers can download the first copy immediately after placing the order. Subsequent copies of the report are sent on the day of publishing via email in PDF and in Excel (optional)-format.

Single copies purchased can be downloaded immediately following payment.

Offline orders:

Orders received offline are generally expedited within one business day.

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Will I receive an invoice for my order?

Once your order has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation with a copy of the order invoice attached.


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There seems to be a delay in publication delivery. What happened?

If you did not receive the copy of the Consensus Forecast that you should have, please contact the Subscriptions Department at +34 932 651 040 or subscribers@focus-economics.com.

Also, to ensure that you receive the Consensus Forecast, please confirm that the email address “subscribers@focus-economics.com" is marked as a "safe sender" within your email program to avoid unintended filtering.

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How can I order back copies?

To order back copies, send an email indicating the month and region of the requested publication to subscribers@focus-economics.com.


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Subscribers FAQ

Can I incorporate additional regions or users into my Consensus Forecast subscription?

Upgrades can be made at any point during your subscription period and will be invoiced accordingly. Please contact the Subscriptions Department at +34 932 651 040 or subscribers@focus-economics.com to upgrade your account or to request a free sample publication of the additional region of interest.


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How do subscription renewals work?

You will receive a renewal notice by email prior to your final issue in order to avoid any interruption in service.

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