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Economic update August 2023

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31st August 2023

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In the August 2023 edition of the Economic Update, our economists delve into a comprehensive analysis of the current state of the global economy.

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    Country Report Singapore

    Country Report

    • Singapore
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    28th January 2016

    Economic performance impacted by slower growth in China and Southeast Asia.

    Country Report Thailand

    Country Report

    • Thailand
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    28th January 2016

    GDP growth in 2016 (up 2.5%) still below the country´s growth potential, and political uncertainty remains an issue.

    Country Report Vietnam

    Country Report

    • Vietnam
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    28th January 2016

    Stable growth (up 6.4% in 2016) and inflation back under control, but the economic fundamentals still show some weaknesses.

    US interest rate rise: emerging markets at risk

    Economic Note

    • Brazil,
    • Chile,
    • General economic

    14th December 2015

    The first increase in US interest rates in almost 10 years may lead to trouble in emerging markets.

    Market Monitor - Focus on the food industry - Netherlands

    Market Monitor

    • Netherlands
    • Food

    10th December 2015

    Due to the weaker exchange rate and increased demand from overseas markets, Dutch food exports increased in 2015 and are expected to rise further in 2016.

    Natural gas prices fall across the world

    Economic Note

    • Australia,
    • Austria,
    • General economic

    9th December 2015

    Natural gas prices have fallen significantly in Asia and Europe on the back of the sliding oil price. As more LNG comes on the market regional prices are set to remain low.

    NAFTA Country Report - USA

    Country Report

    • USA
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    16th November 2015

    Robust growth rates persist, but lower exports hurt the manufacturing sector.

    NAFTA Country Report - Mexico

    Country Report

    • Mexico
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    16th November 2015

    Crucial reforms have been passed, but their proper implementation remains to be seen.

    NAFTA Country Report - Canada

    Country Report

    • Canada
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    16th November 2015

    Growth is expected to slow down, while business insolvencies to increase in 2015 and 2016.

    Payment Practices Barometer Australia 2015

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Australia
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    21st October 2015

    Nearly half of the respondents in Australia said that the risk of payment delay and default from B2B buyers has increased over the past six months. One in five respondents rated it as “significant”.

    Payment Practices Barometer China 2015

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • China
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    21st October 2015

    62.0% of the businesses surveyed in China (compared to 46.3% in Asia Pacific) reported that domestic B2B customers have slowed invoice payment due to liquidity problems over the past year.

    Trade safely with Russia

    Trade Successfully With

    • Russia
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    8th October 2015

    Russia remains an important market in the global economy. The ten principles of the report are meant to help businesses mitigate risks when exporting to Russia.

    Market Monitor - Focus on automotive performance -Italy

    Market Monitor

    • Italy
    • Automotive/Transport

    1st October 2015

    Thanks to the strong recovery seen since H2 of 2014 many of Italy’s car suppliers have registered increasing profit margins and an improvement of their financial strength.

    Market Monitor- Focus on automotive performance - Japan

    Market Monitor

    • Japan
    • Automotive/Transport

    1st October 2015

    Japanese automotive businesses´profit margins have generally improved, mainly due to higher sales in North America.

    Market Monitor - Focus on automotive performance - USA

    Market Monitor

    • USA
    • Automotive/Transport

    1st October 2015

    Payment behaviour in the US automotive sector has been rather good over the past two years.

    Market Monitor - Focus on steel and metals - UK

    Market Monitor

    • United Kingdom
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    10th September 2015

    Lower construction growth and overcapacity affect the sector, but the outlook for 2016 has improved.

    Market Monitor - Focus on steel and metals - Italy

    Market Monitor

    • Italy
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    10th September 2015

    The outlook for the industry remains subdued, with many Smaller steel mills struggling with poor operating margins.

    Market Monitor - Focus on steel and metals - Canada

    Market Monitor

    • Canada
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    10th September 2015

    Competition in the sector is high, and there are clear signs of price wars as the industry is struggling with overcapacity and weaker demand.

    Market Monitor - Focus on steel and metals - Belgium

    Market Monitor

    • Belgium
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    10th September 2015

    Structural overcapacity in the industry had a negative effect on businesses´ profit margins in 2014, and this negative trend is expected to continue in 2015.

    Market Monitor - Focus on machinery - Italy

    Market Monitor

    • Italy
    • Machines/Engineering

    31st July 2015

    The outlook for the machinery industry is promising, as the Italian economy is expected to grow 0.6% in 2015 and 0.9% in 2016 after two years of contraction.

    Country Report Austria

    Country Report

    • Austria
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    1st June 2015

    After modest growth in 2013 (up 0.3%) and 2014 (up 0.4%) the Austrian economy is expected to see a modest 0.8% surge in 2015.

    Market Monitor - Chemicals performance - Switzerland

    Market Monitor

    • Switzerland
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    1st June 2015

    Chemicals/pharmaceuticals has been a well performing sector in Switzerland; demand and profit margins are expected to remain stable in 2015.

    Market Monitor - Chemicals performance - Germany

    Market Monitor

    • Germany
    • Chemicals/Pharma

    1st June 2015

    German chemicals/pharmaceuticals businesses have a strong market position, and many are highly specialised. The industry has a well-deserved reputation for innovation and a competitive edge.

    Payment Practices Barometer Turkey

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Turkey
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    1st May 2015

    Despite the significant amount of time given B2B customers to pay their invoices, a sizeable proportion of the total value of domestic B2B receivables in Turkey (55.2%) was overdue.

    Payment Practices Barometer Sweden

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Sweden
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    21st April 2015

    33% of survey respondents in Sweden (compared to 20% in Western Europe) consider a fall in demand for their products and services as one of the greatest challenges to business profitability in 2015.

    Payment Practice Barometer Denmark

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Denmark
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    21st April 2015

    Respondents in Denmark are the most inclined to use trade credit of all the countries surveyed in Western Europe. 70.5% of the total value of their domestic B2B sales is transacted on credit terms.

    Payment Practices Barometer Switzerland

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Switzerland
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    21st April 2015

    31% of survey respondents in Switzerland, compared to 24% in Western Europe overall, consider cost containment to be one of the greatest challenges to business profitability in 2015.

    Payment Practices Barometer Netherlands

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Netherlands
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    21st April 2015

    The strong focus on protection of exports from the risk of payment default by customers comes as no surprise for the Netherlands, whose GDP growth is heavily dependent on international trade.

    Market Monitor - Consumer durables - Sweden

    Market Monitor

    • Sweden
    • Consumer Durables

    1st April 2015

    In 2015, Sweden expects a modest growth in the consumer durables retail segment.

    Country Report Argentina

    Country Report

    • Argentina
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    23rd March 2015

    Argentina’s economy contracted 1.6% in 2014, and this negative trend is expected to continue in 2015, as exchange and price controls are forcing producers to scale back their activities.

    Market Monitor - Construction industry - Mexico

    Market Monitor

    • Mexico
    • Construction

    19th February 2015

    In 2015 the Mexican construction industry is forecast to grow 4 %.

    Market Monitor - Construction industry - United States

    Market Monitor

    • USA
    • Construction

    19th February 2015

    A 9 % increase is forecast for the US construction sector in 2015; the vast majority of construction and design firm executives believe the market is stable or growing.

    Market Monitor - Construction industry -The Netherlands

    Market Monitor

    • Netherlands
    • Construction

    2nd February 2015

    As in 2013 and 2014, fierce competition means that the Dutch construction sector is still affected by price wars, leading to on-going pressure on margins.

    Country Report India

    Country Report

    • India
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    1st January 2015

    India’s rebound is expected to be driven by the resumption of stalled infrastructure projects, high investment, urbanisation, the improvement of the business environment and structural reforms.

    Payment Practices Barometer Asia Pacific

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Australia,
    • Japan,
    • Agriculture

    1st November 2014

    Concerns that credit quality could be deteriorating in several countries in Asia Pacific are growing.

    Payment Practices Barometer Japan

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Japan
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    1st November 2014

    43.8% of Japanese respondents said that the biggest challenge to business profitability was falling demand for their products and services, the highest percentage of all Asia Pacific nations surveyed.

    Payment Practices Barometer Hong Kong

    Payment Practices Barometer

    • Hong Kong SAR
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    1st November 2014

    Respondents in Hong Kong indicated that their biggest challenge to profitability this year would be maintaining adequate cash flow, with 37.4% stating this to be the case.

    Market Monitor: Focus on the steel industry - Germany

    Market Monitor

    • Germany
    • Steel

    1st September 2014

    The German steel sector is profiting from robust domestic demand, mainly from the construction and automotive industries, with apparent steel use expected to grow 4.5% in 2014.

    Market Monitor - Focus on the steel industry - India

    Market Monitor

    • India
    • Steel

    1st September 2014

    On average, payments in the Indian steel/metals industry have remained unchanged since last year, taking between 60 and 90 days.

    Trade successfully with the Czech Republic

    Trade Successfully With

    • Czech Republic
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    1st July 2014

    Trade successfully with the Czech Republic looks at ten principles that those seeking to expand into the Czech Republic should follow to avoid some of the pitfalls of trading in untried territory.

    Trade successfully with the UAE

    Trade Successfully With

    • United Arab Emirates
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    1st April 2014

    When trading with UAE, foreign exporters need to consider the deep cultural and religious basis of life there. Trade successfully with UAE is designed to help exporters expand into this vibrant market

    Trade successfully with Mexico

    Trade Successfully With

    • Mexico
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    17th July 2013

    'Trade successfully with' reports highlight the opportunities that emerging markets offer foreign exporters, and the steps to take to avoid the pitfalls of trading in new and unknown territories.

    Trade successfully with Indonesia

    Trade Successfully With

    • Indonesia
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    10th April 2013

    Indonesia offers a wealth of business opportunities if you approach the market in the right way. The principles underlined in this report look at how a successful trading relationship can be achieved.

    Trade successfully with Brazil

    Trade Successfully With

    • Brazil
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    14th November 2012

    Doing business in Brazil can be challenging if you’re not used to the local business environment. The ten principles set out in this report can help make trading relationships lasting and successful.

    Trade successfully with China

    Trade Successfully With

    • China
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    15th May 2012

    China is a major economic and trading power. Trade successfully with China sets out ten simple-to-follow rules that can help make your trading relationships with China lasting and successful.

    Trade successfully with Turkey

    Trade Successfully With

    • Turkey
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    10th January 2012

    Turkey has traditionally been a strong trade partner for both Europe and Asia. The ten principles underlined in this report look at how a successful trading relationship can be achieved.

    Trade successfully with Russia

    Trade Successfully With

    • Russia
    • Agriculture,
    • Automotive/Transport,

    16th May 2011

    Russia remains an important market in the global economy. The ten easy to follow principles of the report are meant to help businesses mitigate risks when exporting to Russia.