April 2018: Country Insight Update

12 huhti 2018

Welcome to the latest issue of D&B's Country Insight Update.

Although real GDP growth for 2018 remains the strongest in almost a decade, risks to our forecasts remain on the downside as political factors threaten to undermine the economic outlook. Over the past month risks in relation to an outbreak of trade wars have intensified following President Trump’s orders to raise tariffs, ostensibly to reduce the US current account deficit, in particular with China. The US tariffs originally targeted steel and aluminium, but were extended in late March to include ten sectors that China has prioritised in recent years. Although there has been considerable media and market attention on ‘trade war’ risks, China has adopted a relatively restrained, largely rhetorical approach to date, while the US provisionally exempted Canada and other allies. As a result, we consider the risks to be lower than dramatic headlines would have us believe.

Meanwhile, Brexit negotiations have taken a positive step forward as transition period terms have been agreed between the two sides, although the outcome is far from certain. In addition, oil prices broke the USD70 per barrel mark in March, as the risk to the Iran nuclear deals keeps mounting and output in Venezuela is curtailed by internal political problems. If sustained this will consolidate commodity prices and firm inflation pressures globally.

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Martin Vizcarra’s presidency could help restore some much-needed stability.

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Sri Lanka

Violent attacks prompt an island-wide state of emergency.

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United Kingdom

Dun & Bradstreet upgrades its rating outlook for the UK from 'deteriorating' to 'stable'.

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