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UK economic growth | Free-trade negotiations | Cross-border online retail opportunities

Consumer spending bolstered UK economic growth in Q4 2016
From October to December 2016, the UK economy grew by 0.6 per cent. Overall, the UK economy grew by 2 per cent in 2016.
According to ONS statistician Darren Morgan, this growth can be attributed to “strong consumer spending supporting the dominant services sector” and was further supported by the UK’s vibrant distribution, hotels, and restaurant industry. Manufacturing also “bounced back” from a slower performance during the third quarter.

WPI Economics recommends key UK free-trade deal partners
According to the Trade Prospects Index released by economics consultancy group WPI Economics, the UK should focus on pursuing bilateral free-trade deals with specific non-EU countries.
Deals with South Korea, the US, and Brazil would reportedly give the UK the greatest economic advantage, followed by agreements with China and Australia.
WPI Economics says that if the UK government follows this advice, the first non-EU bilateral trade deal could be in place by 2020.
New DHL report highlights cross-border online retail opportunities
At DHL, we always want to help our customers grow globally. That’s why we’re delighted to announce the release of our new report “The 21st Century Spice Trade: A Guide to the Cross-Border E-Commerce Opportunity.”
Key insights include that cross-border online retail is predicted to grow at twice the rate of domestic e-commerce until 2020, and that retailers offering a premium service can expect to grow 60% faster than those that don’t.

Thursday 02 February 2017

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