World Trade Monitor

Explore global, regional and country-level monthly data on international trade and industrial production through the CPB World Trade Monitor (WTM) database visualized below. Provided by CPB (Central Planning Bureau) Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, WTM brings together, aggregates and summarizes monthly developments in trade and production at the earliest possible date.

Note: "3M MA" refers to three months moving average, "Momentum" is the percent change of last 3 months average from preceding 3 months average, "M-o-M" is % change from the previous month and "Y-o-Y" is the % change from the corresponding month of the previous year. Here you can find base-year values for trade, exports and imports as well as weights used in calculation of industrial production indices.

Biggest TNCs

Nestlé SA - Switzerland based company - is the company with the highest level of transnationality in the world as of 2012 with in average 97% of its assets, sales and employment being foreign. At the same time, American energy giant General Electric Co has the biggest amount of foreign assets in absolute terms.

This statistics is provided by UNCTAD (United Nation Conference on Trade and Development) who ranks the largest non-financial TNCs by their foreign assets and presents data on assets, sales and employment. In the top-100 companies by foreign assets, 22 companies are US based and account for 23% of all foreign assets of top-100 companies.

World's Happiest Nations

Today in the world there is a strong need for the policies that take into account the things that really matter for people, not just GDP per capita, which as a whole could be named happiness or life satisfaction.

There exists rich evidence that these subjective evaluations of life have a significant impact on broad range of life outcomes, including material wealth, and for that reason they should be considered in determining strategic goals and policies. In order to facilitate this process, many initiatives from international organizations arise as an attempt to measure the level of happiness as well as to understand its main determinants.

BP Energy Outlook to 2035

According to the long term projections of global energy markets elaborated by BP - one of the world's leading international oil and gas companies - global energy demand will rise by 41% between 2011 and 2035 but with gradually moderating pace. Moreover, major share (95%) of this growth will be ensured by the developing countries.

Among all fuels, natural gas will contribute the most to the global energy demand growth, while demand for oil will continue to dominate in absolute terms.

Quality of Life in the EU

If you are asked a question: "Are you satisfied with your life?", what would you think about first of all? Would it be your health, relations with family and friends, income, future prospects, education level or job? Or maybe none of these things matter for your life satisfaction and you are just "singing in the rain, dancing in the rain"?

Actually, all of the mentioned things as well as many other, including overall experience of life, influence people's life satisfaction, which have got close attention in recent time among policymakers and academics.

World's Billionaires Wealth vs Countries' GDP

According to the Forbes, aggregate wealth of 1645 world's billionaires, which totals in $6.4 trillion as of March 2014, is bigger than Japanese GDP - third in the world's GDP ranking with the value of $6 trillion. So, wealth of 0.00002% of world's population account for 9% of the world's GDP ($72 trillion as of 2012).

The richest person on the planet is Bill Gates, whose net worth ($76 bln.) is bigger than GDP of 120 countries and is equivalent to the GDP of Syrian Arab Republic.

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We just start working on Data Bulletin, though it's already receiving positive feedback. In the future we are planning to improve it and make it even more interesting and comfortable for your use (like you'll be able to choose what updates you want to receive and select exact topics of your interest or sources). Stay tuned! 

And please find below some latest data releases and updated datasets for the past week.

Production, Trade and Use of Steel Across the World

Being first produced in 200 BC and first put on mass production in 1850s steel nowadays is arguably the most important material used in engineering and construction throughout the world. Being an alloy of iron and carbon, steel accounts for over 3500 various grades with different chemical, environmental and physical properties, 75% of which have been created in the past 2 decades.

As of 2012, it was produced 1,545 million tons of crude steel in the World with China being an absolute leader accounting for about a half of world's crude steel production, according to the data provided by World Steel Association.

Transportation

As stated in the ITF Transport Outlook 2013, published by International Transport Forum, at the current stage of global economic development value chains based on reliable and relatively low-cost transport networks are key to sustainable economic growth.

That is why, it could be said, that transportation contributes to economic growth, first of all, by boosting inbound and international trade flows through roads, railways, air and marine routes.