Though the scale of December’s fall in retail sales came as a nasty surprise, it was not simply an Omicron story. We still think the Omicron hit...

A strong outturn for November took the output measure of GDP above its pre-pandemic peak. Given GDP is likely to have fallen in December, the...

Africa | Watchlist 2022

Posted by Jacques Nel on Dec 17, 2021

Our Watchlist 2022 looks at developments that could potentially become the main African themes of next year. We look at the potential of a...

Climate change is expected to have a significant impact on Africa. Therefore, the continent's preparation in expectation of further global warming...

The total Cairenes consumer spending is estimated at $79.2bn in 2020, with Cairo also being one of the few cities that managed to record an...

Asian city economies were slowing down, even before Covid. While declines in working age populations will affect long term economic growth rates...

Cities Key Themes 2021

Posted by Richard Holt on Jan 18, 2021

In 2021 the competitiveness and resilience of cities will be more important than ever before. Some issues are very specific, such as the impact of...

Businesses are treading cautiously as the unchecked health crisis threatens to send the recovery into reverse in the absence of further fiscal...

The eurozone has a serious problem: It’s stuck in secular stagnation, a world of ultra-low interest rates, below-target inflation, and...

The outbreak of coronavirus in Europe and the subsequent containment measures have severely affected economic activity in all major cities during...