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Coal Price Recovery Offers a Glimpse of Hope to the Global Coal Mining Industry, But the Effect is Unlikely to Last Long

by February 3rd, 2017

2016 saw a rather unexpected turnaround of coal prices on a global scale. After declining steadily since 2011, amidst China’s economy slowdown and Western World-led decarbonisation efforts, coal prices suddenly made a 180-degree shift, rebounding by 100% over the year. Price of Australian benchmark coal reached US$100/tonne, while the Colombian coal price settled at US$86.7/tonne in November […]

Falling Birth Rates Threaten Long-term Economic Growth in Key Developed Cities

by January 17th, 2017

While developed urban areas generally have more favourable demographics than their respective countries, most metropolises across the developed regions have been experiencing declining birth rates. Continued move toward a world with fewer children will not only significantly reshape consumer markets but, given a positive association between birth rates and GDP growth, will also jeopardise the vitality of […]

Emerging Countries Lead Consumer Appliances Production Volume

by November 26th, 2016

Emerging markets led by China, Poland, Turkey and Indonesia posted highest absolute volume growth in production of consumer appliances, over 2011-2016. Among these, Poland and Indonesia show the highest year-on-year growth in 2016, driven by strong demands in local markets as well as higher growth in export volume. Despite slower growth in China, the country […]

Introduction to Euromonitor Quarterly Global FMCG Industry Forecasts

by and October 19th, 2016

In Q3 2016, the global economic outlook declined as mounting uncertainty in Europe, the UK and the US outweighed any boost from the BRICs. This quarter, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) forecast growth revisions from Euromonitor International’s Industry Forecast Model generally point to marginal retail sales downgrades through 2020.