Global merchandise trade growth momentum may be short lived: WTO

by Nidhi Bhati

World merchandise trade volume growth remained strong in the fourth quarter of 2020 after trade rebounded in the third quarter from a deep Covid-19 induced slump, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) stated in a report. The WTO’s latest Goods Trade Barometer reading of 103.9 is above both the baseline value of 100 for the index and the previous reading of 100.7 from last November, signalling a marked improvement in merchandise trade since it dropped sharply in the first half of last year. However, the world trade body cautioned that the pace of expansion in the fourth quarter is unlikely to be sustained in the first half of 2021. The outlook for 2021 depends upon the evolution of virus and dissemination of vaccines. As per experts, this may have repercussions on Indian exports.

References
1. https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/global-merchandise-trade-growth-may-not-be-sustainable-says-wto-121022000061_1.html
CMIE STATISTICS
Unemployment Rate (30-DAY MVG. AVG.)
Per cent
7.0 +1.4
Consumer Sentiments Index
Base September-December 2015
55.3 0.0
Consumer Expectations Index
Base September-December 2015
57.4 0.0
Current Economic Conditions Index
Base September-December 2015
52.0 0.0
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(Rs.trillion) Mar 20 Jun 20 Sep 20 Dec 20
New projects 3.82 0.86 1.15 0.91
Completed projects 1.73 0.26 0.72 0.68
Stalled projects 0.73 0.11 0.08 0.30
Revived projects 0.42 0.68 0.36 0.11
Implementation stalled projects 10.22 0.09 0.07 0.12
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Quarterly Financials of Listed Companies
(% change) Mar 20 Jun 20 Sep 20 Dec 20
All listed Companies
 Income -5.0 -27.6 -6.3 1.5
 Expenses -1.8 -27.9 -10.3 -0.1
 Net profit -51.1 -40.3 47.2 58.4
 PAT margin (%) 2.2 5.3 8.4 8.6
 Count of Cos. 4,374 4,370 4,365 4,299
Non-financial Companies
 Income -9.0 -37.4 -10.5 0.0
 Expenses -4.8 -37.7 -14.2 -1.0
 Net profit -52.2 -56.0 31.5 55.2
 PAT margin (%) 3.1 4.5 8.1 9.0
 Net fixed assets 13.5 5.8
 Current assets 2.5 0.7
 Current liabilities 5.4 -2.8
 Borrowings 15.8 8.1
 Reserves & surplus 1.7 4.4
 Count of Cos. 3,256 3,252 3,250 3,205
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 25 Feb 2021 8:28PM
Annual Financials of All Companies
(% change) FY18 FY19 FY20
All Companies
 Income 8.4 13.5 -0.2
 Expenses 9.9 13.8 0.1
 Net profit -41.4 16.6 -12.8
 PAT margin (%) 1.9 2.2 3.6
 Assets 10.9 9.6 9.2
 Net worth 7.3 8.4 4.6
 RONW (%) 3.3 3.9 5.3
 Count of Cos. 30,112 29,570 11,060
Non-financial Companies
 Income 8.6 14.1 -3.0
 Expenses 8.8 14.3 -2.4
 Net profit -9.8 21.1 -22.6
 PAT margin (%) 2.7 3.0 3.7
 Net fixed assets 7.2 5.5 11.8
 Net worth 6.0 8.0 1.6
 RONW (%) 5.6 6.5 6.5
 Debt / Equity (times) 1.0 1.0 0.9
 Interest cover (times) 2.1 2.3 2.5
 Net working capital cycle (days) 78 71 59
 Count of Cos. 24,243 23,774 8,018
Numbers are net of P&E
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