Tag: growth

Australia cuts interest rates to boost growth

Australia cuts interest rates to boost growth

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has today elected to cut interest rates by one quarter of a percentage point to 4.5% in a bid to bolster growth. The move, which was widely expected, comes as the global economy slows and unemployment rises (currently at 5.2%). It was the first time in two-and-a-half years that [...]

UK manufacturing activity contracts in October

UK manufacturing activity contracts in October

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)/Markit manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) has today revealed UK manufacturing activity contracted last month. The closely-watched CIPS/Markit manufacturing PMI sank to 47.4 in October from September’s reading of 50.8. Today’s survey means the index has fallen below the crucial 50 mark – which separates growth from expansion. [...]

UK third quarter GDP surprises

UK third quarter GDP surprises

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed the UK economy expanded by a better-than-expected 0.5% in the July to September period. This compares with a 0.1% growth rate for the second quarter and was better than the 0.3% expected by most economists. The better performance was attributed to production sector output, which rose [...]

ILO: Global economy on brink of jobs recession

ILO: Global economy on brink of jobs recession

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has warned that the world economy is heading towards a new jobs recession, which could trigger social unrest in some countries. The recent slowdown in the global economy is “dramatically” affecting labour markets and it is expected to take at least five years for employment in developed economies to return [...]

US consumer spending up in September

US consumer spending up in September

Official figures have revealed consumer spending in the US improved last month. According to the Commerce Department, consumer spending rose 0.6% to $68.7 billion (£42.7 billion) in September and follows a 0.2% rise in August. The figures will be a welcome boost for the economy which looked set to be heading towards a double dip [...]

India lifts interest rates further to combat inflation

India lifts interest rates further to combat inflation

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has today raised key interest rates for the thirteenth time since March 2010, in a bid to tame stubbornly high inflation. The central bank lifted its main rate to 8.5% from 8.25% as inflation soars on the back of higher food and fuel prices and the measures were widely [...]

German Government slashes economic growth forecast

German Government slashes economic growth forecast

The German Government has today slashed its growth forecasts for the euro zone’s largest economy. The Government said it now expected the economy to expand by 1% in 2012, down from an earlier estimate of 1.8%. Meanwhile, this year’s forecast has been lowered slightly to 2.9% from 3%. Its downgrade comes just a week after [...]

Bank of Thailand keeps interest rates on hold despite floods

Bank of Thailand keeps interest rates on hold despite floods

The Bank of Thailand has opted to keep interest rates on hold at 3.5%, despite the worst floods the country has seen in decades which are set to hamper growth. Thailand, which is South-East Asia’s second largest economy, is expected to see growth of just 2% this year as a result of flood damage, compared [...]

China’s economic growth cools in Q3, inflation eases

China’s economic growth cools in Q3, inflation eases

Item Club warns of euro zone crisis impact

Item Club warns of euro zone crisis impact

Leading think tank, the Ernst & Young Item Club, has warned that growth within the UK economy is “grinding to a halt” because of the euro zone debt crisis. The Item Club also warned that the quantitative easing (QE) measures, announced recently by the Bank of England, are unlikely to boost the recovery. Its comments [...]

IMF downgrades growth forecast for Asia

IMF downgrades growth forecast for Asia

The Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) has downgraded its growth prospects for Asia amid the euro zone debt crisis and sluggish US growth. The IMF is now forecasting growth for Asia of 6.3% in 2011 and 6.7% in 2012. This is slightly lower than the 7% growth for both years it estimated in April. According [...]

Indian inflation eases in September

Indian inflation eases in September

Figures today revealed India’s wholesale price inflation eased to annual rate of 9.72% last month, down from August’s rate of 9.78%. However, the rate is still significantly above the central bank’s target of between 4% and 5% and represented the tenth consecutive month that inflation has been above the 9% mark. Stubbornly high inflation has [...]

Euro zone’s ‘powerhouse’ expected to slow

Euro zone’s ‘powerhouse’ expected to slow

Growth in the Germany economy, which is the euro zone’s largest, is expected to slow sharply next year as the ongoing debt crisis persists. In a closely monitored twice-yearly report, Germany’s leading economic institutes have slashed their growth forecasts for the economy from 2% next year to 0.8%, citing the debt problems in the euro [...]

UK trade deficit narrows in August

UK trade deficit narrows in August

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed the UK trade deficit narrowed in August as export values hit an all-time high and imports fell. The goods trade gap shrank to £7.77 billion in August from £8.15 billion the previous month, said the ONS. Total exports of goods reached £25.5 billion, led by fuels [...]

BCC downgrades UK economic growth

BCC downgrades UK economic growth

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today said the fresh round of quantitative easing (QE) announced by the Bank of England last week may not be enough to prevent the economy from slipping back into recession and “more radical measures” are required. BCC Chief Economist David Kern said in an e-mailed statement in London [...]

CIPD reveals public sector job losses deeper than forecast

CIPD reveals public sector job losses deeper than forecast

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), more public sector job losses are being axed than originally forecast. The employers group said 610,000 jobs in the sector will be lost between 2010/11 and 2015/16 – one third more than the 410,000 the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) originally predicted. The group is [...]

US unemployment rate holds steady at 9.1%

US unemployment rate holds steady at 9.1%

According to the Labor Department, the world’s largest economy added 137,000 new jobs last month, as the public sector cut 34,000 jobs. According to the Labor Department, the private-sector numbers benefited from the return of around 45,000 Verizon workers who had fallen off payrolls in August due to a strike. Excluding those workers, payrolls increased [...]

Euro zone interest rates remain on hold

Euro zone interest rates remain on hold

The European Central Bank (ECB) has today opted to leave interest rates unchanged at 1.5% – for the third consecutive month. The move was widely expected. Rates were lifted from the historic low of 1% in April and then raised further in July in a bid to curb rising inflation. Many major economies are battling [...]

German unemployment hits lowest level in 20 years

German unemployment hits lowest level in 20 years

Official data has revealed unemployment in Germany dropped to its lowest level in more than 20 years in September. The country’s unemployment rate fell from August’s rate of 7% to 6.6%. Unemployment now stands at 2.79 million – the first time since 1992 that the jobless total has been below 2.8 million. It was also [...]

US economic growth revised upwards for Q2

US economic growth revised upwards for Q2

The Commerce Department has revealed the world’s largest economy grew by 1.3% on an annual basis in the April to June period – higher than an initial estimate of 1%. The figure was also slightly higher than analysts’ expectations of 1.2% and follows a 0.4% growth rate in the first quarter of the year. The [...]