World Economic Outlook

Need to follow economic developments around the world?  A good starting place is the International Monetary Fund’s semi-annual World Economic Outlook.  The IMF just issued their April 2006 report.  Read it here.  It’s long and my lips get tired reading all the words, but here’s an easy summary page of charts.  If you are looking for data, including a forecast, for a particular country, there’s a link to the database, which allows you to pull a variety of economic data on almost any of the world’s countries.  Here is the IMF’s forecast of world GDP growth:

Business Strategy Implications: The global market will post nice gains in the coming years, though not quite as strong–by just a tad–as in the last two years.  However, check out the details of the particular countries into which you’re selling.