October 10, 2015
Standard & Poor’s recently downgraded Brazil’s sovereign bonds to junk status as a result of the Brazilian government failing to reduce its budget deficit. As a result, the Brazilian Real fell sharply against the dollar and reduced the number of Brazilians travelling abroad. However, weaker currency means an benefit for inbound tourism and exports from […]
Carrie Lennard
August 31, 2015
As a member of the G7 group of the world’s key economies, Japan’s economic fortunes have an impact on the wider global economy. It has by far the largest public debt-to-GDP ratio in the world, rising every year from 2009-2014, hitting 247% in 2014, and is forecast by the OECD to reach 400% by 2040 if […]
August 30, 2014
Japan deserves special attention on a number of counts: it has experienced the longest post-bubble stagnation among the developed countries; it has suffered from the most persistent deflationary pressures and some of the most adverse demographic changes; it has world’s largest and still fast-growing public debt; and it recently launched a quantitative easing programme unparalleled […]
July 10, 2014
Economic growth in France, the eurozone’s second largest economy, has stagnated since 2012. Our Risks and Vulnerabilities Country Briefing highlights that one of the biggest threats to the country’s macroeconomic stability is the public debt, which the IMF forecasts will hit record levels in 2014 of 95.8% of GDP. The government has committed to reducing […]
March 30, 2014
In an attempt to curb Japan’s overwhelming debt level, consumption tax in the country will be raised from 5 percent to 8 percent in April 2014, with most companies passing the burden of the tax onto consumers and some companies raising prices of their products. For example, the price of Coca-Cola from a vending machine […]
October 10, 2015
As the worst of the eurozone debt crisis is over, households in Eastern Europe continue to feel the after-effects of the crisis. Almost all Eastern European economies experienced slowing real GDP growth in 2012, even Poland which was considered the region’s bright spot, with further deceleration expected in 2013. Eurozone uncertainty still presents challenges but […]
June 1, 2012
Public debt continues to burden many countries, especially in Japan where the government has put money toward bailing out banks, designing spending programs and repairing damage from the 2011 tsunami disaster. Euromonitor’s government, labor and education research manager, Carrie Lennard, explains that in order to raise money, Japan will raise its consumption tax. This tax […]
April 17, 2012
The 5 key economies in Europe account for more than 70% of Europe’s GDP. The importance of these economies cannot be understated, states Hilary Walsh, Economy, Finance and Trade manager at Euromonitor International. Walsh discusses the outlook for each key economy: Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the UK, and Spain, and explains that there is economic […]
Hilary Walsh

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