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Trade between developing countries – so-called ‘South-South’ trade in merchandise exports has now reached a record $4.7 trillion (in current prices) in 2012. This is a highlight of the fact that total world merchandise exports have more than tripled over the last 20 years to reach $18 trillion. These figures have recently been published by UNCTAD in its Handbook of … Continue reading

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The UK has become the world’s largest recipient of Foreign Direct Investment

In the first half of 2013, the UK received an inflow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of $75 billion, which put the UK in first place, ahead of China with $67 billion and the US with $66 billion.   Overall, global FDI inflows were an estimated $745 billion in the first half of 2013, which was 4% higher than in … Continue reading

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Emerging economies have seen an improvement in economic growth, but has this led to an improvement in the jobs market?

Emerging markets are generally considered to be middle-income countries that have been growing or are currently growing and developing quite rapidly. These economies have just been analysed in a new book published by the International Labour Organisation entitled: “The labour markets of emerging economies: Has growth translated into more and better jobs.” Basically the book suggests that benefits to workers … Continue reading

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Government debt continues to rise in the EU

The government debt to GDP ratio in the euro area rose from 92.3% at the end of the first quarter of 2013, to 93.4% at the end of the second quarter of 2013, according to figures released yesterday by Eurostat. When we look at the whole of the EU, the EU28, the figures rose from 85.9% to 86.8% over the … Continue reading

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Merchandise exports from developed countries fell last year

There was a fall in the merchandise exports of developed nations of 2.75% in 2012, according to figures just released by UNCTAD. However, this was offset by a rise of 3.6% amongst developing countries, although much of that increase occurred in petroleum and gas exporting countries. In fact, developing countries that are primarily exporters of commodities other than fuels saw … Continue reading

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Job vacancies and skills are often not matching up

Several developed economies are seeing increasing numbers of job vacancies but their unemployment rates are not going down. In some cases, they are even rising. What is happening is that many of the workers who lost their jobs to the economic crisis do not have the skills that the labour market now demands. “These skills mismatches mean that unemployed people … Continue reading

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Sharp fall in global foreign direct investment last year

Global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows declined by 18% in 2012 to a level which was close to the trough reached in 2009, according to the Global Investment Trends Monitor just published by UNCTAD. The Report puts this down to the uncertainty which has been caused by the weakening macroeconomic environment, with falls being registered for global growth in GDP, … Continue reading

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OFT report points to competition working well in UK road fuel sector

Rises in pump prices for petrol and diesel over the last 10 years have been caused largely by higher crude oil prices and increases in tax and duty and not a lack of competition, an OFT report has found. The evidence gathered by the OFT suggests that at national level competition is working well in the UK road fuel sector, … Continue reading

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The International Monetary Fund’s actions have been ‘harmful for the people of Europe’ suggests new report

A new research paper finds that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been pushing for reduced spending, shrinking government, and cutting social protections for broad sectors of the population in Europe Union member countries, often regardless of a country’s specific economic circumstances. The paper, “Macroeconomic Policy Advice and the Article IV Consultations: An EU Case Study,” from the Center for … Continue reading

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