As oil continues to be a major contributor to economic performance in the GCC, economic diversification is vital for the Gulf countries to ensure continued healthy growth. This has been showcased in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which are driving sustained GDP growth through significant government investment in non-oil sectors. In the UAE, the food and beverage sector is forecasted to grow by 36% between 2014 and 2019, while KSA’s automotive industry is slated to rise by 5.2% in 2015.
Company insolvencies in Western Europe have experienced two successive storms. The subprime crisis, which made insolvencies jump by an average of +11% in the twelve countries studied was, unsurprisingly, followed by further shock waves, with increases of +8% in 2012 and +5% in 2013.
•2014: A year of improvement throughout the region – turnover increased by +2.1%
•Higher turnover of the biggest companies reflected better economic prospects in 2014
•Poland was the biggest player, Hungary had the highest growth rate and the Czech Republic recovered
•Sectors: Automotive industry (+10.6%) top, oil & gas sector flop (-3.9%)