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Global inflationary pressures are predicted to moderate further over 2023 and 2024. Slower economic growth, stricter monetary policies of the central banks and supply chain improvements contribute to the price stabilisation. However, there are divergent inflation trends in the largest economies due to differences in the economic performance, labour and energy markets.
After decades of low inflation, companies and consumers worldwide are struggling to cope with the rising cost of living. As a result, businesses must navigate the new consumer reality, in which the focus is firmly on affordability, value, and the cost of living.
With US demand softening and domestic production inflation still a factor, the 2023-2024 bankruptcies and layoffs in the furniture sector are warning flags that geographic exposure to cost is strategically existential. Attention here is once again focusing on production locations, in the face of some harsh numbers.
In 2024, the global economy is expected to register slowing growth for the second consecutive year. This is primarily due to the dampening effect of high interest rates in most major economies globally, in addition to weakening growth in China, the world’s second largest economy. Yet, this comes after global growth consistently outperformed expectations in 2023, withstanding numerous headwinds, especially ongoing and widening geopolitical tensions.
The era of high interest rates is expected to stay for some time, as persisting price pressures and geopolitical risks continue to challenge central banks in key economies in bring inflation back to their targets. As businesses and households increasingly feel the financial pressure coming from high interest rates, they will further adjust their spending and borrowing behaviour.
As inflation begins to cool down worldwide due to slower economic growth, stricter monetary policies of banks and supply chain improvements, Japanese consumers are still struggling to deal with the country’s inflationary environment as households are dealing with unfamiliar rises in consumer goods prices while not seeing wages keep pace.