August 25, 2020

CPB World Trade Monitor June 2020

World trade rebounds in June with a strong catch-up growth of 7.6% compared to May. There was growth in almost all countries, except in Japan, where imports fell even further (-2.6%). Also in China and Eastern-Europe there is a fallback in exports, and in Africa and the Middle East imports and exports fell somewhat further. This brings the fall in world trade in the second quarter of 2020 to -12.5%, on top of the -2.7% in the first quarter. Industrial production also continues to recover, with 4.8% growth in June (compared to May). With this, global production is still 8% lower than at the end of last year.
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Developments in global international trade and industrial production June 2020:

  • World trade volume increased 7.6% month-on-month (growth was -1.1% in May, unchanged from initial estimate) and growth was -12.5% in 2020Q2 (-2.7% in 2020Q1).
  • World trade momentum was -12.5% (non-annualised; -11.7% in May, initial estimate -11.6%).
  • World industrial production increased 4.8% month-on-month (having increased 0.8% in May, unchanged from initial estimate) and growth was -6.9% in 2020Q2 (-4.1% in 2020Q1).
  • World industrial production momentum was -6.9% (non-annualised; -7.2% in May, initial estimate -7.1%).

The next release of the CPB World Trade Monitor is scheduled for 25 September 2020, 15:00 hours.

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