Mobility trackers showing effects of local lockdowns

Our Global Covid Mobility Tracker* has risen in recent weeks, suggesting that the world economy has continued to recover despite rising virus numbers. But the national trackers reveal that renewed containment measures are having adverse effects in Spain and the UK, while mobility in most EMs remains far below pre-virus levels.
Jennifer McKeown Head of Global Economics Service
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Indeed Job Postings point to shortages intensifying

We think that Indeed job data are useful and timely indicators of labour demand, and we will continue to monitor them in the months ahead. The latest data support the view that labour shortages are rising, and are most acute in the US, Australia, and Canada.

18 October 2021

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Shortages limiting growth and boosting inflation

With shortages of goods and labour still dominating the news, and following our Focus research into global shortages, we have added a new page to the Global Economics Chart Book to monitor their evolution. While the global economy has continued to grow at a fairly healthy pace, businesses are reporting that shortages are limiting growth, particularly in advanced economies. Suppliers’ delivery times have continued to lengthen, backlogs of work are mounting and congestion at ports has increased. Most of the shortages should begin to ease in the year ahead, but shortages of labour could be relatively persistent. Staffing issues seem most pronounced in the US and UK, implying that the risk of sustained above-target inflation is also greatest in those economies.

14 October 2021

Global Inflation Watch

Shortages skew inflation risks to the upside

Inflation is set to stay higher for longer than we previously envisaged due to surging energy prices and goods shortages. The boost from energy will go into reverse next year due to base effects and lower oil and gas prices. Goods shortages are worsening and will persist for some time given lean inventories, pandemic-related shutdowns in Asia, and strong demand for imported goods. These pressures should start to ease next year. But there is a risk that the shortages trigger a more persistent pick-up in price pressures, particularly when labour is also in short supply. Staff shortages are most pronounced in the US and intensifying rapidly in the UK and Canada. In all, while we expect inflation to ease back to below target in the next couple of years in Japan and Europe, it will settle at higher rates in the US.

11 October 2021

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PMIs show industrial revival boosting prices further

The dip in the global manufacturing PMI in June left it at a very high level, with the advanced economies leading a continued strong recovery in output. But industrial recoveries seem to have lost pace in Asia, reflecting a slowdown in demand for imports including electronics as advanced economies reopen. Meanwhile, supply constraints have continued to build and output prices are rising fast around the world.

1 July 2021

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How will central banks respond to the inflation threat?

The rise in inflation and the question of how central banks will respond has dominated headlines over recent weeks. In this Global Central Bank Watch, we set out a framework for thinking about how the inflation threat and other factors will determine the path of policy in the world’s major advanced and emerging economies in the months ahead. We also highlight some key dates and events to watch for more information about the inflation outlook and how central banks’ reaction functions are evolving.

30 June 2021

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COVID Recovery Monitor

Our Mobility Trackers show that global economic activity is benefitting from the removal of restrictions in advanced economies. Good progress with vaccinations suggests that this trend should continue, albeit with risks around new variants. The story is less positive for EMs, where vaccination has typically been slow. But there are hopeful signs that China could soon be exporting vaccines on a very large scale.

17 June 2021
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