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SMI: Mexico - SMI 55.1 Positive
SMI: Mexico - Market Growth 65.0 Positive
SMI: Mexico - Prices Charged 48.5 Rising
SMI: Mexico - New Sales 50.5 Stable
SMI: Mexico - Staffing Levels 51.0 Stable
SMI: Mexico - Business Confidence 60.4 Positive
SMI: Nigeria - SMI 67.5 Positive
SMI: Nigeria - Prices Charged 53.1 Falling
SMI: Nigeria - Staffing Levels 56.7 Positive
SMI: Nigeria - New Sales 68.8 Positive
SMI: Nigeria - Market Growth 72.2 Positive
SMI: Nigeria - Business Confidence 86.9 Positive
SMI: India - SMI 67.4 Positive
SMI: India - Business Confidence 93.8 Positive
SMI: India - Prices Charged 49.7 Stable
SMI: India - Market Growth 63.5 Positive
SMI: India - New Sales 72.4 Positive
SMI: India - Staffing Levels 57.6 Positive
SMI: LatAm - SMI 55.6 Positive
SMI: LatAm - Business Confidence 52.3 Positive
SMI: LatAm - Prices Charged 58.8 Falling
SMI: LatAm - Staffing Levels 53.7 Positive
SMI: LatAm - Market Growth 58.3 Positive
SMI: LatAm - New Sales 54.6 Positive
SMI: Mongolia - SMI 39.2 Negative
SMI: Mongolia - Staffing Levels 39.4 Negative
SMI: Mongolia - Prices Charged 47.8 Rising
SMI: Mongolia - Market Growth 37.3 Negative
SMI: Mongolia - Future Confidence 34.7 Negative
SMI: Mongolia - New Sales 36.6 Negative
GMI: Global - Marketing Index 56.5 Positive
GMI: Global - Marketing budgets 53.4 Positive
GMI: Global - Trading conditions 60.2 Positive
GMI: Global - Staffing 55.9 Positive
SMI: Africa - SMI 58.7 Positive
SMI: Africa - Market Growth 59.6 Positive
SMI: Africa - New Sales 57.3 Positive
SMI: Africa - Business Confidence 70.4 Positive
SMI: Africa - Prices Charged 53.8 Falling
SMI: Africa - Staffing Levels 52.3 Positive
SMI: China - SMI 55.7 Positive
SMI: China - Market Growth 56.5 Positive
SMI: China - New Sales 59.1 Positive
SMI: China - Business Confidence 59.6 Positive
SMI: China - Staffing Levels 53.2 Positive
SMI: China - Prices Charged 50.2 Stable
SMI: USA - SMI 58.3 Positive
SMI: USA - Market Growth 59.7 Positive
SMI: USA - Business Confidence 66.3 Positive
SMI: USA - Prices Charged 53.8 Falling
SMI: USA - Staffing Levels 56.7 Positive
SMI: USA - New Sales 55.2 Positive
GPI: Global - Gas Price Index 110.0 Falling
GPI: United States 109.8 Falling
GPI: China 91.3 Falling
GPI: Japan 117.3 Falling
GPI: India 108.8 Falling
GPI: Germany 99.1 Falling
GPI: United Kingdom 103.0 Falling
GPI: Russia 138.6 Rising
GPI: France 102.1 Falling
GPI: Brazil 106.5 Stable
GPI: Italy 123.9 Falling
HPI: Global - Hospitality Index 100.2 Rising
HPI: United States 106.2 Rising
HPI: China 75.5 Falling
HPI: Japan 93.7 Rising
HPI: India 105.0 Rising
HPI: Germany 135.6 Falling
HPI: United Kingdom 114.4 Rising
HPI: Russia 97.7 Rising
HPI: France 105.8 Rising
HPI: Brazil 102.7 Falling
HPI: Italy 65.0 Rising
CFPI: Global - Cost of Fun Index 95.9 Falling
CFPI: United States 85.8 Rising
CFPI: China 88.8 Falling
CFPI: Japan 91.2 Falling
CFPI: India 114.1 Rising
CFPI: Germany 96.3 Falling
CFPI: United Kingdom 96.8 Falling
CFPI: Russia 112.2 Falling
CFPI: France 99.8 Rising
CFPI: Brazil 86.5 Falling
CFPI: Italy 87.7 Falling
DPI: Global - Durables Price Index 93.2 Rising
DPI: United States 88.3 Rising
DPI: China 79.2 Falling
DPI: Japan 66.2 Falling
DPI: India 103.1 Rising
DPI: Germany 114.2 Falling
DPI: United Kingdom 84.6 Falling
DPI: Russia 81.5 Rising
DPI: France 101.5 Falling
DPI: Brazil 108.8 Rising
DPI: Italy 104.8 Rising
WPI: China 5.1 Falling
WPI: Japan 117.1 Rising
WPI: India 0.8 Stable
WPI: Germany 40.5 Rising
WPI: United Kingdom 0.7 Stable
WPI: Russia 1.0 Stable
WPI: France 34.8 Falling
WPI: Brazil 0.9 Stable
WPI: Italy 2.9 Falling
WPI: Argentina 9.8 Rising
WPI: Mexico 11.9 Rising
WPI: South Korea 1186.0 Falling
WPI: Canada 1.2 Stable
WPI: Spain 0.9 Stable
WPI: Turkey 1.9 Stable
FPI: Global - Food Price Index 100.28 Falling
FPI: United States 93.63 Falling
FPI: China 114.63 Rising
FPI: Japan 74.3 Rising
FPI: India 104.44 Falling
FPI: Germany 116.1 Falling
FPI: United Kingdom 89.75 Falling
FPI: Russia 104.08 Falling
FPI: France 97.12 Falling
FPI: Brazil 113.4 Falling
FPI: Italy 95.4 Rising
SMI: NAFTA - SMI 58.8 Positive
SMI: NAFTA - Staffing Levels 56.2 Positive
SMI: NAFTA - Prices Charged 52.4 Falling
SMI: NAFTA - Market Growth 62.4 Positive
SMI: NAFTA - Future Confidence 65.3 Positive
SMI: NAFTA - New Sales 57.6 Positive
SMI: Growth Conts. - SMI 58.0 Positive
SMI: Growth Conts. - Prices Charged 52.5 Falling
SMI: Growth Conts. - New Sales 59.9 Positive
SMI: Growth Conts. - Market Growth 58.9 Positive
SMI: Growth Conts. - Staffing Levels 53.9 Positive
SMI: Growth Conts. - Confidence 64.9 Positive
SMI: Americas - SMI 58.9 Positive
SMI: Americas - Prices Charged 56.1 Falling
SMI: Americas - Future Confidence 63.6 Positive
SMI: Americas - Staffing Levels 57.4 Positive
SMI: Americas - New Sales 56.7 Positive
SMI: Americas - Market Growth 60.8 Positive
SMI: Asia - SMI 59.4 Positive
SMI: Asia - Market Growth 59.6 Positive
SMI: Asia - Staffing Levels 54.4 Positive
SMI: Asia - Future Confidence 69.6 Positive
SMI: Asia - New Sales 62.4 Positive
SMI: Asia - Prices Charged 50.9 Stable
SMI: Global - SMI 59.0 Positive
SMI: Global - Staffing Levels 55.1 Positive
SMI: Global - Future Confidence 65.6 Positive
SMI: Global - Prices Charged 54.3 Falling
SMI: Global - Market Growth 60.3 Positive
SMI: Global - New Sales 59.7 Positive
SMI: Global - Man - SMI 58.4 Positive
SMI: Global - Man - Market 60.3 Positive
SMI: Global - Man - Staffing 55.0 Positive
SMI: Global - Man - Confidence 65.1 Positive
SMI: Global - Man - Sales 57.6 Positive
SMI: Global - Man - Prices 54.0 Positive
SMI: Global - Non-Man - SMI 59.3 Positive
SMI: Global - Non-Man - Confidence 65.9 Positive
SMI: Global - Non-Man - Sales 60.7 Positive
SMI: Global - Non-Man - Staffing 55.2 Positive
SMI: Global - Non-Man - Prices 54.5 Positive
SMI: Global - Non-Man - Market 60.2 Positive
SMI: Philippines - SMI 80.8 Positive
SMI: Philippines - Staffing Levels 71.4 Positive
SMI: Philippines - New Sales 79.6 Positive
SMI: Philippines - Prices Charged 55.1 Falling
SMI: Philippines - Market Growth 98.2 Positive
SMI: Philippines - Confidence 99.8 Positive
SMI: Mexico - SMI 55.8 Positive
SMI: Mexico - Prices Charged 49.5 Stable
SMI: Mexico - Business Confidence 61.4 Positive
SMI: Mexico - Staffing Levels 51.0 Stable
SMI: Mexico - New Sales 50.6 Stable
SMI: Mexico - Market Growth 66.3 Positive
SMI: Nigeria - SMI 70.4 Positive
SMI: Nigeria - Staffing Levels 57.2 Positive
SMI: Nigeria - Market Growth 75.8 Positive
SMI: Nigeria - Prices Charged 55.3 Falling
SMI: Nigeria - New Sales 72.5 Positive
SMI: Nigeria - Business Confidence 91.1 Positive
GMI: Global - Marketing Index 56.3 Positive
GMI: Global - Trading conditions 59.2 Positive
GMI: Global - Staffing 55.6 Positive
GMI: Global - Marketing budgets 54.0 Positive
SMI: India - SMI 66.8 Positive
SMI: India - Staffing Levels 57.4 Positive
SMI: India - New Sales 69.9 Positive
SMI: India - Business Confidence 92.5 Positive
SMI: India - Prices Charged 50.7 Stable
SMI: India - Market Growth 63.6 Positive
SMI: LatAm - SMI 55.9 Positive
SMI: LatAm - Business Confidence 52.3 Positive
SMI: LatAm - Market Growth 60.2 Positive
SMI: LatAm - Staffing Levels 54.3 Positive
SMI: LatAm - New Sales 53.8 Positive
SMI: LatAm - Prices Charged 58.8 Falling
SMI: Mongolia - SMI 39.8 Negative
SMI: Mongolia - Market Growth 36.2 Negative
SMI: Mongolia - New Sales 37.1 Negative
SMI: Mongolia - Future Confidence 35.9 Negative
SMI: Mongolia - Staffing Levels 38.5 Negative
SMI: Mongolia - Prices Charged 51.4 Stable
SMI: Africa - SMI 58.3 Positive
SMI: Africa - Staffing Levels 51.1 Stable
SMI: Africa - New Sales 56.8 Positive
SMI: Africa - Prices Charged 54.6 Falling
SMI: Africa - Business Confidence 70.0 Positive
SMI: Africa - Market Growth 58.9 Positive
SMI: China - SMI 55.3 Positive
SMI: China - Prices Charged 50.2 Stable
SMI: China - Business Confidence 59.3 Positive
SMI: China - Staffing Levels 52.3 Positive
SMI: China - New Sales 58.5 Positive
SMI: China - Market Growth 56.3 Positive
SMI: USA - SMI 59.3 Positive
SMI: USA - Prices Charged 54.6 Falling
SMI: USA - New Sales 57.8 Positive
SMI: USA - Business Confidence 66.0 Positive
SMI: USA - Staffing Levels 56.5 Positive
SMI: USA - Market Growth 61.5 Positive
GPI: Global - Gas Price Index 113.1 Falling
GPI: United States 121.3 Falling
GPI: China 97.0 Falling
GPI: Japan 120.7 Falling
GPI: India 110.6 Falling
GPI: Germany 105.3 Falling
GPI: United Kingdom 105.4 Stable
GPI: Russia 130.5 Falling
GPI: France 105.6 Falling
GPI: Brazil 106.5 Falling
GPI: Italy 128.2 Stable
HPI: Global - Hospitality Index 99.0 Falling
HPI: United States 100.8 Rising
HPI: China 76.6 Falling
HPI: Japan 93.1 Rising
HPI: India 95.2 Falling
HPI: Germany 138.0 Falling
HPI: United Kingdom 111.3 Falling
HPI: Russia 91.7 Falling
HPI: France 102.1 Falling
HPI: Brazil 119.0 Falling
HPI: Italy 61.7 Falling
CFPI: Global - Cost of Fun Index 97.7 Falling
CFPI: United States 84.6 Falling
CFPI: China 93.0 Falling
CFPI: Japan 92.7 Falling
CFPI: India 113.8 Rising
CFPI: Germany 98.5 Falling
CFPI: United Kingdom 100.8 Rising
CFPI: Russia 114.3 Falling
CFPI: France 99.5 Stable
CFPI: Brazil 89.7 Falling
CFPI: Italy 90.4 Falling
DPI: Global - Durables Price Index 93.1 Rising
DPI: United States 86.9 Rising
DPI: China 85.1 Falling
DPI: Japan 67.4 Falling
DPI: India 99.1 Falling
DPI: Germany 115.3 Falling
DPI: United Kingdom 85.5 Rising
DPI: Russia 81.1 Falling
DPI: France 102.9 Rising
DPI: Brazil 104.5 Rising
DPI: Italy 103.5 Rising
WPI: China 5.2 Falling
WPI: Japan 114.8 Falling
WPI: India 0.8 Stable
WPI: Germany 39.4 Falling
WPI: United Kingdom 0.7 Stable
WPI: Russia 1.0 Stable
WPI: France 35.5 Falling
WPI: Brazil 0.9 Rising
WPI: Italy 3.0 Stable
WPI: Argentina 9.7 Falling
WPI: Mexico 11.8 Rising
WPI: South Korea 1209.6 Falling
WPI: Canada 1.2 Stable
WPI: Spain 0.9 Stable
WPI: Turkey 1.9 Stable
FPI: Global - Food Price Index 101.46 Falling
FPI: United States 94.2 Falling
FPI: China 113.8 Falling
FPI: Japan 73.95 Falling
FPI: India 104.55 Falling
FPI: Germany 121.55 Falling
FPI: United Kingdom 91.24 Falling
FPI: Russia 105.07 Rising
FPI: France 100.53 Falling
FPI: Brazil 114.55 Falling
FPI: Italy 95.1 Rising
API: Global - Apple Price Index 100.8 Rising
API: United States 96.26 Stable
API: China 99.57 Stable
API: Japan 96.67 Stable
API: India 107.15 Falling
API: Germany 98.28 Stable
API: United Kingdom 103.02 Stable
API: Russia 92.83 Stable
API: France 98.42 Stable
API: Brazil 110.88 Stable
API: Italy 97.7 Stable
SMI: NAFTA - SMI 58.7 Positive
SMI: NAFTA - Prices Charged 52.7 Falling
SMI: NAFTA - Future Confidence 65.7 Positive
SMI: NAFTA - New Sales 57.6 Positive
SMI: NAFTA - Market Growth 61.4 Positive
SMI: NAFTA - Staffing Levels 56.3 Positive
SMI: Growth Conts. - SMI 55.1 Positive
SMI: Growth Conts. - New Sales 54.3 Positive
SMI: Growth Conts. - Market Growth 53.0 Positive
SMI: Growth Conts. - Staffing Levels 53.9 Positive
SMI: Growth Conts. - Confidence 53.5 Positive
SMI: Growth Conts. - Prices Charged 60.7 Falling
SMI: Americas - SMI 58.6 Positive
SMI: Americas - Future Confidence 61.9 Positive
SMI: Americas - Market Growth 61.9 Positive
SMI: Americas - Staffing Levels 56.6 Positive
SMI: Americas - Prices Charged 55.4 Falling
SMI: Americas - New Sales 57.0 Positive

Global Sales Managers' Indexes

Global Sales Managers' Index

  OCTOBER 2014
Global All-Sector SMI
The October Index value of 59.0 is down 0.2 on its value registered in September.

Global Manufacturing Sales Managers' Index
  OCTOBER 2014
Global Manufacturing Sector SMI
The World Economics Global Manufacturing Sales Managers’ Index is the earliest economic activity report covering manufacturers in 70 countries worldwide.
Global Services Sales Managers' Index

  OCTOBER 2014
Global Services Sector SMI
The Index registered a value of 59.3 in October, slightly down on Septembers’s 59.6 figure. Panellists indicate that the global services sector continues to exhibit strong economic activity but this is experiencing a declining trend.

Sales Managers' Indexes - By Country

New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: China


  November 2014
The Sales Managers' Index: China
The China Index brings together the collective wisdom of Sales Managers throughout China. The earliest source of understanding about what’s really happening in the China.
New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: India


  NOVEMBER 2014
The Sales Managers' Index: India
The Index signals that the Indian economy has been gaining momentum over the past year. The Index increased to 67.4 in November up from 66.8 in October, indicating that the economy is growing at a slightly faster pace. 
New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: Mexico


  November 2014
The Sales Managers' Index: Mexico
The Sales Managers’ Indexes, taken as a whole, show that the Mexican economy remains strong and increased at a steady pace in November.
New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: Mongolia


  NOVEMBER 2014
The Sales Managers' Index: Mongolia
The November Headline Index value of 39.2 indicates that the economy continues to contract at an increasing rate with business confidence falling further.

New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: Nigeria


  November 2014
The Sales Managers' Index: Nigeria
The only available monthly economic indicator which covers all sectors of the Nigerian economy. The Indexes taken as a whole, show that economic growth in Nigeria was strong and broad based in November 2014.

New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: Philippines


  OCTOBER 2014
The Sales Managers' Index: Philippines
The Sales Managers’ Indexes, taken as a whole, show that economic growth in Philippines has been very strong. The headline SMI at 80.8 is congruent with strong development. 

New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: United States


  November 2014
The Sales Managers' Index: United States
The SMI Headline Index registered a value of 58.3 in November, down 1.0 from its value in October. Sector analysis shows that the manufacturing sector was down by 0.4 as services declined by 1.0.

Sales Managers' Indexes - By Region

New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: Africa

  November 2014
Africa
The SMI registered 58.7 in November, up 0.5 from October. All indexes within the African SMI increased during November except Prices Charged.  

New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: Americas
  OCTOBER 2014
Americas
This Index brings together the collective wisdom of Sales Managers throughout the entire continent of The Americas to produce the earliest and only source of understanding about what’s really happening throughout the continents.
New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: Asia

  OCTOBER 2014
Asia
Confidence among Sales Managers remains strong; meaning business conditions are to remain positive in the coming months for economic development.
New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: Growth Continents

  OCTOBER 2014
Growth Continents
The Headline Index is designed to reflect overall economic growth, bringing together the average movement of Confidence, Market Expansion, Product Sales, Prices Charged and the Staffing Indices.
The Sales Managers' Index: Latin America

  NOVEMBER 2014
Latin America 
The Index registered 55.6 in November, down by 0.3 on October, indicating that economic activity in the region continues to grow at a stable pace compared to previous months.  
New from World Economics: The Sales Managers' Index: NAFTA

  OCTOBER 2014
NAFTA
The composite NAFTA Sales Managers’ Index is the best source of understanding about what’s really happening throughout the entire trading bloc.

The Sales Managers' Index Archive


  November 2014
All Countries and Regions
The full archive of Sales Managers' Indexes cover: Africa, Americas, Asia, Growth Continents, Latin America, NAFTA along with the United States, China, India and Mongolia. 



Global Price Indexes

The World Price Index

  November 2014
World Price Index
The WPI provides a monthly index of PPP exchange rates against the US Dollar across the world’s 15 largest economies.
Food Price Index

  November 2014
Food Price Index
The World Economics Food Price Index (FPI) is based on average end-user prices for a typical basket of grocery items in national currencies
Durable Goods Price Index

  November 2014
Durable Goods Price Index
Price Index for durable goods. e.g. Kettles and homeware.
Gasoline Price Index

  NOVEMBER 2014
Gasoline Price Index
Analysis of the average end-user prices for RON-95 Petrol in indexed from national currencies.
Hospitality Goods Price Index

  NOVEMBER 2014
Hospitality Goods Price Index
Hospitality service prices for the 15 top global economies in comparable index form.
Cost of Fun Price Index

  NOVEMBER 2014
Cost of Fun Price Index
The cost of recreational goods and services from Golf Clubs, iPads, music downloads to holiday flights.

Growth Trackers

Global Growth Tracker   annual update: 2014
World Economics research shows that the global economy grew for 51 out of the past 52 years. The World Economy grew at 3.8% per year between 1961-2013.
China   November 2014
China’s economy grew at an annual rate of 7.4% in Q3 2014, unchanged from the previous quarter. Composite indicators showed strong but slower growth, with the Li Keqiang Index down to 146 in September.
Commonwealth    May 2013
The World Economics Commonwealth Growth Monitor contrasts the accelerating economic growth of the Commonwealth, with the 5 decade long decline in the rate of growth of the EU.
Eurozone    NOVEMBER 2014
Real GDP grew 0.7% in the second quarter of the year compared with 1.0% in the previous quarter. Leading indicators pointed to slower economic activity, with the LEI down by 0.1% in September.
India    NOVEMBER 2014
Composite indicators continued to show strong growth, with the SMI standing at 66.8 in October. Consumer confidence remained high, with the Ipsos ‘CES as Good’ Index up by 8 points in September.
United States    NOVEMBER 2014
U.S. economy grew 3.5% in the third quarter compared to 4.6% in the previous period. Non-farm payroll figures showed that 248,000 jobs were added in September.

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The Headline GMI increased by 0.2 points in November. Marketers are continuing to experience strong business activity across the world at a steady rate of increase. 
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