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Our latest Country Risk Assessment Map for 2018 puts 160 countries under the microscope. Understand business default risk worldwide.
Generally, worldwide food prices stabilised in 2017, having been exceptionally high before. For example, sugar prices, always volatile, fell sharply in 2017 after steep rises in the previous year.
The recent trend has been for a sustained drop in prices being paid for transport around the world. But strong demand for air transport, which grew by 4% in 2017, is the big story in global transport.
Internet use is still growing globally, especially in Africa. By 2020 Coface analysts expect that worldwide data exchanged will have tripled and half the world’s population will be internet users.
Paper production grew in 2017, although the global picture is patchy. The rise is mainly due to increased household consumption of sanitary paper, as hygiene habits change around the world.
Summarising the current automotive market is difficult because trends vary so widely between different territories.
Although prices for the main raw materials used in chemical production rose in 2017, they remain low by historical standards, as do crude oil prices.
In a favourable economic climate for housebuilding, builders in Western Europe are increasingly favouring wood in construction.