Global economy grows modestly
SHORT-TERM TRENDGrowth stabilized in May
Among G10 countries, the United States, Canada posted better economic data. New Zealand and Canada’s purchasing managers index (PMI) rose, signaling improving business activities. Consumer prices and regional surveys remained positive in the United States. Growth moderated in developing countries. Turkey’s economy deteriorated. China’s growth held steady.
LONG-TERM CYCLEThis six-year illustration captures GDP gyrations since the financial crisis.
Sept ’10–Dec ’13Global growth swings dramatically, under pressure from sovereign debt crises and darkening global growth prospects amid fitful recoveries.
Jan ’14–Oct ’16Global growth settles into a more subdued pattern of modestly disappointing results.
Nov ’16–Dec ’17More synchronous performance across global markets emerges to lift the trajectory of global growth.
Source: Putnam. Data as of May 31, 2018. We base our Global GDP Nowcast on a tailored methodology that captures daily data releases for the most essential growth characteristics for each of 25 countries — including purchasing managers’ index data, industrial production, retail sales data, labor market metrics, real estate price indexes, sentiment indicators, and numerous other factors. The mix of factors used for each market may change over time as new indicators become available from data sources or if certain factors become more, or less, predictive of economic growth.