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Economic view

International business report

Economic view: navigating the global economy

As economies across the world become increasingly intertwined, regional events can quickly spill over to have global economic and financial implications.

Today’s business environment is fast-paced, dynamic and turbulent, and levels of corporate accountability are increasing rapidly. This means leaders who are making tactical and strategic business decisions need to be abreast of current regional and macroeconomic trends.

This page brings together our global insights and local knowledge to answer a range of questions. What are the current economic events that may affect my business?  What is the economic sentiment of business leaders across the globe?  How does our economic outlook compare to that of similar businesses?  

Heading into Q3, global optimism is at its highest level on record (49%). This is key as the latest Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), which shows that confidence is particularly strong in the US where levels have surged to a 14-year high at 81%. 

The Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) is the world’s leading mid-market business survey. Each quarterly issue canvasses the views of approximately 2,500 senior executives from listed and privately-held companies across the world. Launched in 1992 in nine European countries, the IBR now surveys more than 9,600 businesses leaders in 36 economies every year. Thus the survey provides unique insights into the economic and commercial issues affecting the growth prospects of companies globally.

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