Tuesday, October 19

WTO hikes trade growth forecasts for 2021 and 2022

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GENEVA — The World Trade Organization revised up its forecasts for growth of global goods trade this year and in 2022, but warned of a two-track recovery and downside risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain problems.

The WTO said on Monday it expected merchandise trade would grow this year by 10.8% after a fall of 5.3% in 2020. In March, it had forecast 2021 growth of 8.0%.

The Geneva-based trade body said that trade growth should slow to 4.7% in 2022, more than its previous forecast of 4.0%, with trade approaching its pre-pandemic long-term trend. (Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Emma Farge)


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