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Current performance and outlook of the food sector in: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland.View More Info
For internationally active companies, it is vital to have good knowledge of the payment practices of potential customers in countries they do or plan to do business with, as miscalculation may result in serious cashflow problems. This applies to big as well as small companies. Big companies are particularly hit by poor payment behaviour due […]View More Info
Australia‘s economic performance has been remarkably good over the last few years compared to most advanced economies and against the background of a volatile global economy. This was due mainly to the high growth rates of Australia’s main
trading partners in Asia – especially China, which has dominated Australian mineral exports.
The political situation is currently uncertain, as factions within the VV party split in April 2012 after a VV minister was convicted of bribery. As a result, the ruling coalition lost its majority and now has to rely on a number of independent
members of parliament that have split from other parties. The government’s resignation and a call for new elections could happen before the end of the current term in 2014.
The economy of France has been carefully planned to provide support to international trade with a number of important products and commodities. Globally, the country holds an important position as the third largest trader in the European Union after Germany and the United Kingdom.View More Info
Germany’s economic performance is expected to gather speed again in 2014, based on the Eurozone rebound and increased domestic demand. But the recovery in many European markets is still tenuous and German business and consumer sentiment remains susceptible to downward trends.View More Info
It is no secret that severe economic woes remain amid signs of an improvement. Escalating social unrest remains a major threat, and mass protests continue. For instance, Athens´ striking metro workers and seaman on coastal ferries are being forced to work under the government’s civil mobilisation orders.View More Info
Despite its shortcomings, India is a large market with high growth potential. With a growing middle class population of
around 70 to 100 million creating demand for consumer goods and opportunities for domestic and foreign investment, this
is still a market that many international companies cannot afford to ignore.
Some sentiment indicators paint a more optimistic picture for this year compared to previous years. Industrial confidence had already rebounded in mid-2012 and continued upwards in 2013. Industrial confidence is helped by the modest rebound in the Eurozone and the improved global economic outlook for 2014.View More Info
Relatively high stocks of private short-term portfolio investments (more than 270 % of Mexico´s international reserves) make the economy vulnerable to shifts in market sentiment, as was seen in 2013. When the US Federal Reserve then considered ending its programme of monetary easing, financial markets reacted by partly withdrawing or reversing short-term portfolio capital that had been invested in Mexican assets in the last few years, leading to higher currency volatility.View More Info
Despite the expected rebound in the Polish economy, construction/construction materials and related steel and metal sectors will still feel the aftershock of the economic downturn in 2012/13 which has resulted in many payment delays, liquidity problems and more insolvencies in those industries.View More Info
In the last decade, Turkey has made impressive economic progress. With political stability since 2002, when the AKP came to power, the country has experienced GDP growth exceeding the European average, while real income per capita has increased
substantially, turning Turkey into one of the most prominent emerging markets.
Consumer spending was the main driver of growth and should continue to be robust in 2014. This is expected to be accompanied by a rebound in investments, manufacturing production and higher export growth this year, finally putting the economic rebound on a broader basis. GDP growth of 2.7% is forecast for 2014.View More Info
The USA has the largest and most technologically powerful economy in the world and is Britain’s largest single export market. The sheer size of the USA and vast cultural differences across the regions mean that it should often be treated as a series of regional markets with varying characteristics.View More Info