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“Made in America” Furniture Faces Darwinian Cost Pressures

Nick Stene

Nick Stene

23 Feb 24

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.

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Global Economic Outlook: Q1 2024

Maxim Hofer

Maxim Hofer

13 Feb 24

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.

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Higher-for-Longer Interest Rates: Outlook and Impacts on Businesses and Consumers

Lan Ha

Lan Ha

29 Jan 24

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.

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Economies in 2024: Key Trends to Watch

Lan Ha

Lan Ha

3 Jan 24

In 2024, economies and cities across many parts of the world will see a subdued growth environment, with higher-for-longer interest rates and geopolitical uncertainties weighing on consumption, investment, manufacturing and trade.

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Tracking Inflation and E-commerce Performance of Adult Incontinence in Japan

Jared Conway

Jared Conway

15 Dec 23

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.

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US Consumers Remain Cautious Despite the Easing of Inflationary Pressures

Anjali Jain

Anjali Jain

8 Dec 23

Lower energy, housing and food prices are forecast to contribute to the easing of inflationary pressures in the US in 2024. However, rising prices of services will leave consumers cautious on spending despite the improving macroeconomic conditions. Companies understanding these consumer insecurities and providing a stronger value proposition can gain an advantage and prepare for long-term growth.

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