economy

Global economic indicators – graphic of the day

The table below lists the top economic releases expected this week, including the media forecast of analyst surveyed by Reuters and the last reported figure. The bottom half is a snapshot of key economic figures for the world’s largest economies.

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France’s vital signs – graphic of the day

France’s economic picture is among the weakest of the main rich nations. Today’s graphic uses five charts to show how France has a lethal combination of high social expenditure, low average working hours, a heavy debt burden, increasing unemployment and decreasing consumer confidence. Make sure to check out the Reuters special report on how Peugeot and France ran out of gas.

France

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Mugabe’s Zimbabwe – graphic of the day

On the face of it, things are looking up after Robert Mugabe’s landslide presidential election victory in July: growth forecasts are positive as agriculture recovers, inflation has been kept in check and the stock market is beginning to turn a corner. However, Zimbabwe’s manufacturing heartlands, which accounted for a quarter of the economy a generation ago, are now wastelands – and some fear the decay is permanent. Today’s graphic shows a variety of charts on Zimbabwe’s economy in the 33 years that Robert Mugabe has been in power.

Zimbabwe

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Looking for signs – and opportunity – for the financial recovery

REUTERS/Toby Melville

Those of us in the financial industry have been looking carefully at the signs of recovery and how to read them. Earlier today I hosted a Thomson Reuters Newsmaker with the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Reuters editor-at-large Sir Harold Evans and the overriding sentiment is that a British recovery is under way, but “the job is very far from done.” (more…)

Discover the Essentials for China

China has set a 7% annual economic growth target in its five year plan that runs until 2015. With a new leadership team in place, China is poised to launch its most serious economic reform drive since the 1990s. This video will show you how to explore various investment options in China by using Thomson Reuters Eikon.

Iberoamerican economies – graphic of the day

Today’s graphic shows the changes in GDP of the biggest economies in the Iberoamerican community over the last 20 years. Are you surprised by any of the countries that have seen the biggest shifts in GDP? If you had to forecast this out to 2020, what do you think it would look like. Which country do you expect to grow the most? Least?

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European unemployment rates – graphic of the day

The euro zone unemployment rate was flat in August after easing in July for the first time in two years, showing the budding economic recovery was starting to have a positive impact on the labor market. Today’s graphic breaks down the unemployment rates for all the European countries.

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Confusing signal on US profit growth?

Many investors are still uneasy about the long term health of the US economy, in part, because the Federal Reserve still feels the need to maintain its easy money policies. A strong economy usually means robust profit growth, but projections for S&P profit growth this year are falling. Watch this video to see how using Thomson Reuters Eikon can help you track what may lie ahead for earnings.

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Asian Development Outlook growth rate for GDP – graphic of the day

The Asian Development Bank revised down its Asian GDP growth projections. Growth across the region is expected to be stymied by the moderating growth of China and India, and by volatile capital flows. Today’s graphic looks at the projected GDP across Asia.

Asian GDP

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Government shutdowns and the S&P 500 – graphic of the day

The U.S. government began a partial shutdown today for the first time in 17 years. The graphic below shows how the S&P 500 performed during previous instances where the government has shutdown.

shutdown

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