Global economy

Trade pick-up adding to an uneven recovery

31/05/2021 PNG

Differences in the strength of economic recovery across countries are being driven by the extent of government support to vulnerable workers and businesses, by a country’s dependency on particular sectors such as tourism, as well as by public health and vaccination policies.

Trade is also playing a role. Consumers have been spending less on services and more on goods since the pandemic began. The pick-up in merchandise trade has benefitted countries heavily involved in supply chains, particularly pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and IT material.

More information at OECD Economic Outlook