Global energy is expected to shift further toward China and, especially, India in the next quarter century, according to the latest forecasts. By 2040 India’s demand should approach that of the US.
Relations between China and Taiwan seem to be thawing, as their respective leaders met over the weekend. Both countries have seen periods of very rapid economic growth since the Chinese civil war ended in 1949 – Taiwan in the 1970s, China in the years after 2000 Read more
E-commerce has become an important source of revenue for EU companies, accounting for 15 per cent of turnover during 2013, according to Eurostat. The experience varies greatly between countries – Ireland leads with 52 per cent of turnover conducted over computer networks
Spain and Greece have the highest proportion of young people without jobs in the EU — more than 48 per cent in both countries. But the situation is improving in Spain, where more than 100,000 youngsters have found work in the past year.
Did you receive the press release? Were you offered an exclusive interview? Are you upping your journey down the engagement funnel?
Well, brace yourself – because the ranks of public relations professionals are growing. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest that there may soon be more PRs than journalists in the UK. Read more
Markets expect an interest rate rise in the US and UK in the coming months. The Federal Reserve and the Bank of England see faster wage growth as a precondition for a rate rise. While earnings growth has been accelerating in the UK it remains flat in the US
Prospects for economic growth in big eastern European economies that are EU members have not been affected by the political problems in Russia and the Ukraine, according to Consensus Economics. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania are all set to grow by more than 2.5 per cent this year.
Australia’s trade ties are dominated by Asian countries, which account for more than 80 per cent of merchandise exports. Fifty years ago a third of exports went to Europe, with a quarter to the UK alone. The product mix has shifted from agricultural produce to minerals and fuel.
London dominates the UK economy to an extent not seen on other large EU nations, accounting for over a fifth of UK GDP, compared with Berlin’s 5 per cent of German national income.
George Osborne, the chancellor, presents his second Budget of the year today. Post-election Budgets since 1992 have all included taxes rises. Only in 2009, after the financial crisis, have taxes risen substantially in the middle, rather than at the beginning, of a parliament.
Analysts now expect another recession in Greece. Earlier this year analysts were forecasting a recovery in 2015, after a 26 per cent contraction in gross domestic product in the six years from 2008-2013
The impact of the shale revolution saw the US overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s leading producer of oil- for the first time since 1975. US output also passed its previous peak, set in 1970
Global food prices have been trending downwards and are at their lowest since late 2009, according to the UN food and Agriculture Organization. Prices are down 20 per cent on a year ago, with cereals and dairy responsible for most of the fall
In 1985 all sovereign bond issues rated by Moody’s were investment grade. Since then riskier emerging markets have gained access to debt markets and some advanced economies have been downgraded following the global crisis
People in the UK are more likely to support a third party rather than vote Conservative or Labour in the general election next May, say pollsters YouGov. Supp0ort for Ukip and the Scottish National party has risen sharply.
Chancellor George Osborne presents his latest take on the UK’s finances on Wednesday. The share of government debt in national income is at its highest since the late 1960s, but Bank of England estimates back to the 19th century show that the debt share has usually been higher.
Ed Milliband, leader of the UK Labour party, has the lowest voter satisfaction rating this close to an election of any opposition leader in the past 40 years, according to Ipsos Mori. In this period, Margaret Thatcher had the lowest rating of those who became prime minister.
Estimates of Chinese gross domestic product, released this morning, showed that the rate of growth has sunk to its lowest since the financal crisis. Double-digit expansion may be a thing of the past, but China’s economy is now four times larger than it was at the turn of the century. Measuring China’s GDP using purchasing power parity, the International Monetary Fund estimates that China’s economy will be bigger than the US’s by the end of the year.
As the Financial Times this week examines China’s expansion in Europe, China made an economic leap forward: new data now forecasts that China will officially overtake the US this year to become the world’s largest economy.
Measuring gross domestic product using purchasing power parity (PPPs) the International Monetary Fund now estimates China’s GDP at $17.6tn, against the US’s $17.4tn.
PPPs are an attempt – far from perfect – to account for varying price levels between countries, particularly in goods and services not open to international competition. PPPs make a big difference. According to the IMF, China’s GDP this year measured in simple dollars, making no adjustment for relative prices, is $10.4tn. Read more
The UK economy has finally recovered. Today’s estimate by the Office for National Statistics of gross domestic product for the second quarter takes output (adjusted for inflation) to a new high, above the level of the first quarter of 2008*.
Hurrah. But, although welcome, this is nothing to celebrate. The government will not be ordering church bells to be rung. That the sum total of everything produced in the economy is only now returning to the levels of six years ago is astonishing. To give some context, the recession and recovery have lasted about nine months longer than the second world war. Read more