Posted on July 16th, 2012 nrapp 1 comment
Despite financial turmoil in Europe and disasters in Japan, the world’s largest corporations had record profits and revenue in 2011. Where on earth will the growth come from next?
The fortune global 500 used to be a scorecard by which Western companies measured their dominance. Today the list is more diverse than ever. Our map shows the headquarters cities of the list companies, layered over data showing each country’s gains in gross national income from 2000 to 2010. This suggests that the Global 500 isn’t just a way to measure corporate muscle—in some cases it is an indicator of prosperity too.
Posted on December 12th, 2011 nrapp No comments
Today, two economies exist side by side. The U.S. and its advanced peers continue to struggle with high unemployment, idle capacity, depressed housing markets, and anemic growth. Credit remains tight in much of the developed world, despite historically low interest rates. By contrast, the global financial crisis has “left no lasting wounds” on most emerging economies, according to a recent IMF report. Emerging markets were for the most part in better shape than their advanced counterparts before the crisis, with less public debt, higher domestic savings rates, and stronger exports.