Bangladesh Economic Overview 2017

6th April 2018
Steady monetary policy management and fiscal discipline have contributed to continued macroeconomic stability in Bangladesh. Driven by domestic demand, real GDP growth is expected to exceed 7% for a third consecutive year in FY2018, while inflation increased slightly, mainly due to higher food prices. Macroeconomic performance is set to remain robust in the coming year and inflation broadly stable.

South Africa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI)

21st November 2017
South Africa has registered its best Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) performance in five months. The seasonally adjusted PMI rose with 2,9 percentage points, from 44,9 in September to 47,8 in October 2017. This development was helped mostly by an increase of the new sales orders (6,7 % points), while inventories and employment remained weak. Nevertheless, PMI remained below the 50-mark threshold that separates economic expansion from contraction.

The European Union's unemployment rate - September 2017

15th November 2017
The European Union's unemployment rate in September was 7.5%, the lowest figure recorded in the EU28 since November 2008. According to Eurostat, the EU28 unemployment rate was stable compared to the previous month and down from 8.4% in September 2016. Some of the largest economies in the EU, however, still experience high levels of unemployment.

China’s Single’s Day

14th November 2017
China’s Single’s Day once more broke records this year with astounding figures to highlight the biggest retail day of the year in Asia.

World's Biggest Banking Systems

9th November 2017
China's banking system became the biggest in the world at the end of 2016. As three of the world’s four largest banks by assets are now Chinese, the total assets of the country’s banking system reached USD34 trillion; more than the eurozone’s USD32.7 tn and more than double the US’ USD16.1 tn.

Malaysia's 2018 Budget

3rd November 2017
Last week Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the 2018 budget, introducing government plans to contain the country's fiscal deficit.

Australian House Prices

25th October 2017
Australia's housing market has made a habit of defying financial gravity. House prices have been growing at a double-digit pace so far this year.

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