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Sales Managers' Indexes - By Country

New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: United States

  United States SMI: MAY 2017
U.S. Sales Managers Stay in Buoyant Mood in May as Sales Growth Continues
New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: China

  China SMI: MAY 2017
China Sales Managers’ Index 
Hits 6 Month Low in May

New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: India

  India SMI: MAY 2017
May Data Shows India's Economic Growth Continues to Outpace All Other Major Countries
New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: Mongolia

  Mongolia SMI: MAY 2017
Mongolian Economy Starts to Grow: Sales Managers Report Green Shoots of Recovery in May
New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: Nigeria

  Nigeria SMI: MAY 2017
Nigerian Sales Managers Report Slower Rate of Growth in May
New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: South Africa

  South Africa SMI: MAY 2017
South African Economic Activity Picks-up a Little in May

New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: Mexico

  Mexico SMI: MAY 2017
Mexico’s Economic Activity Remains on the Verge of Contraction Territory 
New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: Philippines

  Philippines SMI: MAY 2017
Philippines SMI Reports Strong Economic Growth Continues


Growth Trackers

United States  Growth Tracker

  MAY 2017
United States
U.S. GDP rose at an annualised rate of 0.7% in Q1 2017 according to the first estimate and 2.1% in Q4 2016. Total US Exports grew at 2.7% in March after electricity production slowed dramatically in February to -7.2%, the lowest level for over 5 years.
China Growth Tracker


  MAY 2017
China
China’s official data show GDP grew at annual rate of 6.9% in Q1 2017 and 6.7% during 2016. Total industrial production in March increased 6.3% year-on-year and total Chinese exports increased to the highest level since February 2015 during the period.
India Growth Tracker


  MAY 2017
India
Q4 2017 GDP grew at 7% whilst industrial production fell to -1.2% year on year in February. Economic indicators fall sharply in Q1 but have rebounded since.
Global Growth Tracker


  ANNUAL UPDATE: 2016
Global Growth Tracker
World Economics research shows that the global economy grew for 54 out of the past 55 years. The World Economy grew at 3.8% per year between 1961-2015.
Eurozone Growth Tracker


  MAY 2017
Eurozone
Retail sales showed a marked improvement in March with an Index level of 104.8, this was coupled with new car sales in the Eurozone growing 11.2% in March compared to the year before.
Commonwealth Growth Tracker


  ANNUAL UPDATE: 2017
Commonwealth
The World Economics Commonwealth Growth Tracker contrasts the accelerating economic growth of the Commonwealth, with the 5 decade long decline in the rate of growth of the EU.




Global Sales Managers Indexes

Global Sales Managers' Index

  Global All-Sector SMI: MAY 2017
Sales Managers’ Index Reports Stable Global Sales Growth in May

Global Manufacturing Sales Managers' Index
  Global Manufacturing SMI: MAY 2017
Sales Managers Report Global Manufacturing Sector Growth at a 22 Month High in May 
Global Services Sales Managers' Index

  Global Services SMI: MAY 2017
Global Service Sector Activity Continues to Grow at Solid Levels

Sales Managers' Indexes - By Region

New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: Africa

  Pan-Africa SMI: MAY 2017
Pan-African Economic 
Growth Slows in May

 
The Sales Managers' Index: Latin America

  Latin America SMI: MAY 2017
Latin America Continues 
in Recession 

New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: Americas
  The Americas SMI: MAY 2017
Pan-Americas SMI Remains Stable at Highest Level for 19 Months

New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: Asia

  Asia SMI: MAY 2017
Very Strong Levels of 
Growth Reported for Asia

New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: Growth Continents
  Growth Continents SMI: MAY 2017
Developing Markets SMI 
Continues to Increase in May

New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: NAFTA

  NAFTA SMI: MAY 2017
NAFTA’s Market Growth 
Increases to 8 Month High
The Sales Managers' Index Archive


  MAY 2017
All Countries and Regions
The full archive of Sales Managers' Indexes cover: Africa, Americas, Asia, Growth Continents, Latin America, NAFTA along with the United States, China, India and Mongolia. 


Latest Index Data Trends

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Name Speed & Direction      
SMI: USA - SMI Slow, Falling
SMI: USA - New Sales Medium, Increasing
SMI: USA - Prices Charged Medium, Rising
SMI: USA - Market Growth Slow, Falling
SMI: USA - Business Confidence Medium, Falling
SMI: USA - Staffing Levels Stable, Falling
SMI: China - SMI Slow, Falling
SMI: China - Market Growth Stable, Falling
SMI: China - Prices Charged Slow, Rising
SMI: China - New Sales Slow, Stable
SMI: China - Staffing Levels Stable, Increasing
SMI: China - Business Confidence Stable, Falling
SMI: India - SMI Very Fast, Falling
SMI: India - Business Confidence Very Fast, Falling
SMI: India - Market Growth Very Fast, Falling
SMI: India - Staffing Levels Fast, Falling
SMI: India - New Sales Very Fast, Falling
SMI: India - Prices Charged Fast, Falling
SMI: Mongolia - SMI Slow, Increasing
SMI: Mongolia - New Sales Slow, Increasing
SMI: Mongolia - Future Confidence Medium, Falling
SMI: Mongolia - Prices Charged Slow, Rising
SMI: Mongolia - Market Growth Medium, Increasing
SMI: Mongolia - Staffing Levels Slow, Increasing
SMI: Africa - SMI Slow, Falling
SMI: Africa - Business Confidence Fast, Falling
SMI: Africa - Market Growth Slow, Falling
SMI: Africa - Prices Charged Stable, Falling
SMI: Africa - New Sales Stable, Falling
SMI: Africa - Staffing Levels Slow, Falling
SMI: Nigeria - SMI Slow, Falling
SMI: Nigeria - Business Confidence Very Fast, Falling
SMI: Nigeria - Market Growth Slow, Falling
SMI: Nigeria - Prices Charged Stable, Falling
SMI: Nigeria - Staffing Levels Rapid, Falling
SMI: Nigeria - New Sales Slow, Falling
SMI: South Africa - SMI Stable, Falling
SMI: South Africa - New Sales Slow, Increasing
SMI: South Africa - Prices Charged Slow, Falling
SMI: South Africa - Staffing Levels Stable, Increasing
SMI: South Africa - Market Growth Slow, Falling
SMI: South Africa - Business Confidence Slow, Falling
SMI: Mexico - SMI Stable, Increasing
SMI: Mexico - Prices Charged Stable, Falling
SMI: Mexico - Business Confidence Slow, Increasing
SMI: Mexico - Staffing Levels Slow, Increasing
SMI: Mexico - New Sales Stable, Increasing
SMI: Mexico - Market Growth Stable, Increasing
SMI: LatAm - SMI Stable, Increasing
SMI: LatAm - New Sales Stable, Stable
SMI: LatAm - Business Confidence Medium, Increasing
SMI: LatAm - Prices Charged Slow, Falling
SMI: LatAm - Staffing Levels Moderate, Increasing
SMI: LatAm - Market Growth Slow, Increasing
SMI: Philippines - SMI Very Fast, Falling
SMI: Philippines - Staffing Levels Very Fast, Stable
SMI: Philippines - Market Growth Very Fast, Falling
SMI: Philippines - Prices Charged Fast, Falling
SMI: Philippines - New Sales Very Fast, Falling
SMI: Philippines - Confidence Very Fast, Stable
SMI: Global - Man - SMI Slow, Falling
SMI: Global - Man - Confidence Medium, Falling
SMI: Global - Man - Staffing Slow, Falling
SMI: Global - Man - Market Slow, Increasing
SMI: Global - Man - Prices Medium, Falling
SMI: Global - Man - Sales Medium, Increasing
SMI: Global - Non-Man - SMI Medium, Falling
SMI: Global - Non-Man - Prices Medium, Increasing
SMI: Global - Non-Man - Sales Medium, Falling
SMI: Global - Non-Man - Confidence Medium, Falling
SMI: Global - Non-Man - Market Slow, Falling
SMI: Global - Non-Man - Staffing Slow, Falling
SMI: Global - SMI Slow, Falling
SMI: Global - Prices Charged Medium, Falling
SMI: Global - Market Growth Slow, Falling
SMI: Global - Staffing Levels Slow, Falling
SMI: Global - Future Confidence Medium, Falling
SMI: Global - New Sales Medium, Stable
SMI: Asia - SMI Medium, Falling
SMI: Asia - Future Confidence Medium, Falling
SMI: Asia - Market Growth Medium, Falling
SMI: Asia - New Sales Fast, Falling
SMI: Asia - Prices Charged Medium, Falling
SMI: Asia - Staffing Levels Medium, Falling
SMI: Americas - SMI Slow, Stable
SMI: Americas - Future Confidence Medium, Increasing
SMI: Americas - Market Growth Slow, Stable
SMI: Americas - Staffing Levels Stable, Falling
SMI: Americas - Prices Charged Medium, Falling
SMI: Americas - New Sales Slow, Falling
SMI: Growth Conts. - SMI Medium, Falling
SMI: Growth Conts. - Staffing Levels Slow, Stable
SMI: Growth Conts. - Prices Charged Medium, Falling
SMI: Growth Conts. - New Sales Medium, Stable
SMI: Growth Conts. - Market Growth Slow, Falling
SMI: Growth Conts. - Confidence Medium, Increasing
SMI: NAFTA - SMI Slow, Falling
SMI: NAFTA - Prices Charged Slow, Falling
SMI: NAFTA - Market Growth Slow, Increasing
SMI: NAFTA - New Sales Slow, Falling
SMI: NAFTA - Staffing Levels Stable, Increasing
SMI: NAFTA - Future Confidence Medium, Increasing
GPI: Global - Gas Price Index Rising
GPI: United States Rising
GPI: China Rising
GPI: Japan Falling
GPI: India Falling
GPI: Germany Rising
GPI: United Kingdom Rising
GPI: Russia Falling
GPI: France Rising
GPI: Brazil Falling
GPI: Italy Rising
HPI: Global - Hospitality Index Rising
HPI: United States Rising
HPI: China Rising
HPI: Japan Rising
HPI: India Rising
HPI: Germany Rising
HPI: United Kingdom Rising
HPI: Russia Rising
HPI: France Falling
HPI: Brazil Rising
HPI: Italy Rising
CFPI: Global - Cost of Fun Index Rising
CFPI: United States Falling
CFPI: China Rising
CFPI: Japan Rising
CFPI: India Stable
CFPI: Germany Rising
CFPI: United Kingdom Rising
CFPI: Russia Falling
CFPI: France Falling
CFPI: Brazil Falling
CFPI: Italy Rising
DPI: Global - Durables Price Index Stable
DPI: United States Rising
DPI: China Rising
DPI: Japan Rising
DPI: India Falling
DPI: Germany Rising
DPI: United Kingdom Rising
DPI: Russia Falling
DPI: France Rising
DPI: Brazil Falling
DPI: Italy Falling
FPI: Global - Food Price Index Falling
FPI: United States Falling
FPI: China Rising
FPI: Japan Rising
FPI: India Falling
FPI: Germany Falling
FPI: United Kingdom Falling
FPI: Russia Falling
FPI: France Falling
FPI: Brazil Falling
FPI: Italy Rising
WPI: China Rising
WPI: Japan Stable
WPI: Germany Stable
WPI: India Falling
WPI: United Kingdom Stable
WPI: France Stable
WPI: Italy Stable
WPI: Brazil Stable
WPI: Argentina Stable
WPI: Mexico Rising
WPI: South Korea Rising
WPI: Canada Stable
WPI: Russia Rising
WPI: Spain Stable
WPI: Turkey Rising












Global GDP Data

Data Quality Index

  Data Quality Index
The data quality index is designed to review the accuracy of GDP data worldwide. Most GDP data is flawed to an extent few realise. See just how misleading GDP data can be here.
Historical GDP Database

  Global GDP Database
Download the world’s most comprehensive GDP database. Covering over 130 countries with historical GDP PPP data from 1870-2015, building on the lifetimes work of Angus Maddison and bringing it right up to date.



Global Price Indexes

The World Price Index

  World Price Index - MAY 2017
France and Greece Heavily Disadvantaged by Euro as
Germany Benefits
Food Price Index

  MAY 2017
Food Price Index
The World Economics Food Price Index (FPI) is based on average end-user prices for a typical basket of grocery items in national currencies
Durable Goods Price Index

  MAY 2017
Durable Goods Price Index
Price Index for durable goods. e.g. Kettles and homeware.
Gasoline Price Index

  MAY 2017
Gasoline / Petrol Price Index
Analysis of the average end-user prices for RON-95 Petrol in indexed from national currencies.
Hospitality Goods Price Index

  MAY 2017
Hospitality Goods Price Index
Hospitality service prices for the 15 top global economies in comparable index form.
Cost of Fun Price Index

  MAY 2017
Cost of Fun Price Index
The cost of recreational goods and services from Golf Clubs, iPads, music downloads to holiday flights.

Recent Papers

New on World Economics: United States Growth Tracker


  MAY 2017
United States Growth Tracker
New on World Economics: India Growth Tracker


  MAY 2017
India Growth Tracker
New on World Economics: China Growth Tracker


  MAY 2017
China Growth Tracker
New on World Economics: Eurozone Growth Tracker


  MAY 2017
Eurozone Growth Tracker
New on World Economics: Measuring GDP in North and South America


  MARCH 2016
Measuring GDP in North and South America
New on World Economics: Measuring GDP in Asia


  MARCH 2016
Measuring GDP in Asia
New on World Economics: Measuring GDP in Africa


  MARCH 2016
Measuring GDP in Africa
New on World Economics: Global Growth Tracker


  MARCH 2016
Global Growth Tracker
New on World Economics: Measuring GDP in Europe


  SEPTEMBER 2015
Measuring GDP in Europe
New on World Economics: How Errors in Seasonal Adjustment Factors for US GDP contributes to misleading National Accounts Data


  JULY 2015
How Errors in Seasonal Adjustment Factors for US GDP contributes to misleading National Accounts Data
New on World Economics: Sterling is the most debased currency


  MARCH 2015
Sterling is the most debased currency
New on World Economics: Tanzania’s GDP grows 31.4 percent after rebasing


  FEBRUARY 2015
Tanzania’s GDP grows 31.4 percent after rebasing
New on World Economics: Argentina’s Inflation Data Problems


  FEBRUARY 2014
Argentina’s Inflation Data Problems
New on World Economics: Measuring Argentina's GDP: Myths And Facts


  JANUARY 2014
Measuring Argentina's GDP: Myths And Facts
New on World Economics: China Becomes the Worlds largest Economy in 2013


  DECEMBER 2013
China Becomes the Worlds largest Economy in 2013
New on World Economics: How to create a British Sovereign Wealth Fund


  NOVEMBER 2013
How to create a British Sovereign Wealth Fund
New on World Economics: Understanding Commercial Property Price Indexes


  OCTOBER 2013
Understanding Commercial Property Price Indexes






Classic Papers from the Archive



  What do Economists Know?
Economists can be confident about quite a lot of what they do think they know, even when they are disbelieved by large parts of the public not to mention political leaders and policy makers. Sir Alan Budd revisits some fundamentals.


  How to Tackle Poverty
This article argues that, beyond the headline-grabbing generalities, development economists are building up a detailed body of empirical evidence specific to individual countries which will shape more effective policy interventions in the years ahead.


  The Economics of Epidemics
An analysis of the economic implications of the Great Plague in the fourteenth century, the 1918–19 influenza epidemic, the HIV/AIDS curse and SARS to demonstrate the short- and long-term effects of different kinds of epidemics.


  The Value of Vaccination
Despite advances during the twentieth century, immunization coverage is far from universal and faces significant obstacles in both developing and developed countries. The paper shows that the economic effects via improved health - have been underestimated, thereby causing the rate of return to be underestimated.



  How Many Wildebeest do You Need?
A close look at the Wildlife Act, by pandering to the welfare lobby, the act removes all remaining incentives for communities and landowners to keep wildlife on their land.


  The Economics of Copyright
A review of the economic issues behind copyright and how these are challenged by changes in technology and market structure


  The Case for Narrow Banking
The paper argues that regulatory reform should emphasise systemic resilience and robustness, not more detailed behaviour prescription.
 


  The Costs of Violent Crime
A review of a number of studies that have sought to estimate the economic costs of criminal offending and, more specifically, violent crime.


  An Economic Analysis of the Mafia
This paper reviews the current economic thinking on the Mafia phenomenon and distinguishes the Mafia from ordinary criminal gangs by the desire of the exclusive right to commit criminal acts.



  Weapons Exports - The Bogus Moral Dilemma
Samuel Brittan argues that "unaffordable" ethical arms exports arise from a failure to understand the circular flow of income, the fallacy of a "lump of labour" and a long discredited mercantilist view of trade.


  Measuring Global Drug Markets
The continuing demand for measures of the size of global drug revenues has produced a supply of numbers that consistently overstate international financial flows. This paper shows that, rather than $500 billion, the annual figure in trade terms may be about $25 billion.




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