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The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

– Executives’ views on the global economy have tempered, but expectations remain largely positive.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, July 2021

– Industrial activity strengthens and consumer demand returns while inflation accelerates; the pandemic wave worsens significantly
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, June 2021

– As the global economy emerges from the worst of the pandemic, strong growth returns, accompanied by inflation.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, May 2021

– Amid the agonies of a second pandemic year, the recovery gathers further momentum; business leaders and policy makers ponder rising inflation.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, April 2021

– A broad economic recovery continues to gather momentum—but against a backdrop of pandemic resurgence and a national crisis in India.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, March 2021

– Amid a resurging pandemic, the economic recovery accelerates, pushed forward by demand and output from China and the United States.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, February 2021

– Economic recovery is driven by manufacturing and trade, with surging demand from China; vaccination programs make progress, if slowly.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, January 2021

– The economic recovery is exceeding expectations, but the pandemic has worsened; vaccination programs and the fight against the virus will dictate further progress.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, December 2020

– A fast economic recovery, led by manufacturing and trade, is challenged by a resurgent pandemic; a Brexit deal is signed at the wire.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, November 2020

– The global economic recovery strengthened alongside a resurgent wave of COVID-19 cases; with vaccines on the horizon and easing US political uncertainty, investor confidence climbed.

Economic conditions surveys

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What executives think about the economy: 2004 to now

– This continually updated interactive tracks how executives around the world have viewed economic conditions and the economic prospects... of their companies, and how those views have differed over time and across industries, regions, and types of company.
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In the tunnel: Executive expectations about the shape of the coronavirus crisis

– In this McKinsey survey, more than 2,000 executives around the world share their views on the likely impact of efforts to control... the virus and support economic recovery.
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An instant economic crisis: How deep and how long?

– Analysis of a range of economic data tracks the worsening effects of the pandemic in the West—and the cautious reopening of social... and economic life in China.

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