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Economic Insights



Our Economic Insight reports are a global knowledge series produced by the Euler Hermes economic team. These reports include focused analysis on a given country (country report) or sector (supply chain analysis), as well as cross-country and cross-sector comparisons.

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Renewable energy: Seeing the full half of the COP - November 3, 2016

As delegates meet for the COP22 climate conference, renewable energy emerges as a big ticket item. Renewables now account for 35% of electricity generation in Europe but only 13% in the U.S. This divergence is in line with new investments: $2.3 billion since 2005 and 687 expected for 2016-2017 (read the full report). 

Worldwide DSO: Paying the penalty for low growth -
July 7, 2016

Euler Hermes expects global Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) to remain around 64 days in 2016. In 2015, 1 out of 4 companies worldwide was paid after 90 days, on average. Electronics, Machinery & equipment and Construction are the sectors where companies wait the longest to get paid: 89, 87 and 81 days in 2015. Those closer to the consumers – Retail, Food, Non-business services, and Transportation – report a DSO below 50 days (read the full report​).​

Brexit: What does it mean for Europe? - May 18, 2016

In a soft leave scenario, UK real GDP growth could be cut by -2.8pp between 2017 and 2019 and 1,500 additional bankruptcies are expected. In a hard leave scenario, the cumulated impact would be -4.3pp of real GDP growth and 1,700 insolvencies. The peak is expected in 2019. Brexit fears are nonetheless already affecting the UK: -£34 billion in portfolio outflows (read the full report).​
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