Global Economic Outlook 2017 - Home

Annual report with quarterly updates focusing on the opportunities and risks for business growth in different parts of the world in the short-term and the medium-to-long-term.


Click on the chart to browse forecasts by country and region

How much will stronger global growth benefit a recovery in trade?

As the global economy keeps showing signs of strengthening, foreign trade has also exhibited a strong revival. The strengthening in global final demand, after a long period of weakness, has helped trade especially for durable consumer and investment goods. However, the global trade recovery should not be taken for granted. The shift toward more services-oriented economies in emerging markets as well as changes in the organization of global value chains might create a different relationship between trade and GDP going forward. Risk factors around high equity values, shocks to energy and commodity prices, and possible policy disruptions may also limit the trade recovery.

Related material (members only)

To explore our full portfolio of related products, visit our member page.

A file with underlying data can be downloaded here.

September 2017

Strategic overview

  • StraightTalk® How much will stronger global growth benefit a recovery in trade?

Country infographic: Germany / France

May 2017

Strategic overview

  • StraightTalk® Can the Recent Upswing Put Global Growth Back on Track?

February 2017

Strategic overview

  • StraightTalk® Is Uncertainty Really Holding Global Growth Back? Not for now!

 Country Infographic: Mexico 

Regional Reports, November 2016

Next update

The next annual update of The Conference Board’s Global Economic Outlook is scheduled for 13 November 2017.

Straight Talk September 2017

StraightTalk® Global Economic Outlook 2017: How Much Will Stronger Global Growth Benefit a Recovery in Trade?

France and Germany


Global Economic Outlook - Data & Methods
Abdul A. Erumban
Senior Economist