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Bouyant in South Asia but inflation and fiscal debt are growing concerns

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The World Bank’s latest outlook (Global Economic Prospects: June 2011) projects that after growing 9.3% during calendar year 2010, activity in the South Asia Region will slow down and moderate to a still buoyant 7.5% in 2011. The slowdown partly reflects macroeconomic policy tightening aimed at curbing stubbornly high inflation and reducing large fiscal deficits.

Prospects Weekly: Global industrial production declined 1.1% in April in the wake of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan

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Global industrial production declined 1.1% in April in the wake of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan, likely reflecting supply-chain disruptions. All developing regions reporting data for the month saw declines, and high- income countries excluding Japan saw a 1.2% drop. However, reconstruction activity in Japan and stabilization of fuel prices are expected to support a rebound in industrial production in the second half of 2011.

Global Commodity Watch - June 2011

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Non-energy commodity prices fell by 4.7 percent in May, in part due to dollar appreciation against major currencies early in the month. There were decreases in all main indices with the exception of fertilizers which rose 7 percent on reduced production in China because of power shortages. Agriculture prices generally declined on improved supply prospects, while the decrease in metal prices was tied to worries of slower economic growth, including in China. Crude oil prices fell 7 percent on concerns about global demand. 

 

Global Commodity Watch - June 2011

John Baffes's picture

Non-energy commodity prices fell by 4.7 percent in May, in part due to dollar appreciation against major currencies early in the month. There were decreases in all main indices with the exception of fertilizers which rose 7 percent on reduced production in China because of power shortages. Agriculture prices generally declined on improved supply prospects, while the decrease in metal prices was tied to worries of slower economic growth, including in China. Crude oil prices fell 7 percent on concerns about global demand. 

 

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