Start-up rates in most countries are edging back toward their pre-crisis levels, but not all countries have seen significant acceleration in new businesses, according to a new OECD report.
Merchandise trade grew moderately in most major economies in the first quarter of 2012. Total imports and exports of G7 and BRICS grew by 1.0% and 0.6% respectively.
Provisional estimates show that quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) in the OECD area grew by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2012, up from 0.2% in the previous quarter.
Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, point to regained momentum in the OECD area but with divergence between economies.
Composite leading indicators (CLIs) continue to point to a positive change in momentum in the OECD as a whole but with some divergence between major economies.
Companies are increasingly producing goods and services through supply chains spanning different countries.