Results of the Ifo World Economic Survey (WES) of 3rd quarter 2012 (16 August 2012) Ifo World Economic Climate Suffers Setback
After two successive increases the Ifo World Economic Climate Indicator fell in the third quarter. The decline was due to both unfavourable assessments of the current economic situation and a less positive six-month economic outlook. The results imply a setback in the recovery of world economy.
In Western Europe and North America the economic climate indicator fell compared to the second quarter, mainly due to far less positive expectations for the next six months. Assessments of the current situation were also poorer. In Asia, on the other hand, less favourable assessments of the current economic situation were primarily responsible for the indicator’s decline, after its strong upturn in the previous quarter. Despite a small downwards revision, the sixmonth economic outlook for Asia nevertheless remains positive.
World average inflation estimates for 2012 dropped to 3.4% (previous quarter: 3.6%). WES experts on average expect short-term interest rates to fall over the next six months. However, they believe that long-term interest rates are set to increase slightly.
According to WES experts the British pound and the yen are over-valued. On worldwide average economic experts expect the dollar exchange rate to rise over the next six months.
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World Economy (Index, new base year: 2005 = 100)
Since 1981 the Ifo Institute has conducted a quarterly survey in numerous countries on business cycle developments and other economic factors in the experts’ home countries. The July 2012 survey received responses from 1,079 experts in 123 countries.
The survey is conducted in co-operation with the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris (ICC).