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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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Tire industry on a roll
April 10, 2014

1.2 billion tires are sold globally. Bridgestone, Michelin and Goodyear dominate, with a combined market share of 40%. Euler Hermes expects real growth of +4% for the next three years and high profitability for the major companies (more than 10% of revenue in 2013, twice as high as in 2009). Developing integrated sales networks remains a profitable strategy for the major companies in order to establish loyalty among rental fleets and maximize margins.

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The Reindustrialization of the U.S. – A 2014 Update - April 3, 2014

Reindustrialization factors from previous analysis are on track or improved. Manufacturing unit labor costs are down 5% since 2009. Cheap natural gas making inroads in electricity
generation and trucks. 2014 auto sales to grow 4%, chemicals up 3%. New orders for durable goods up 5.6% in 12 months, and manufacturing unemployment fell from 7.9% to 5.5% in the past year.
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Fewer non-payments in 2013 for Italian companies, but more severe – February 19, 2014
First signs of recovery seem to have emerged in Italy and this is expected to continue through 2014. At the end of 2013, non-payment rates reflected a transition phase with a slow exit from the crisis. The 2014 outlook for non-payments among businesses should be a slight improvement in severity, thanks, among other things, to the economic recovery.

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