Global growth to weaken to 2.6% in 2019, substantial risks seen; India seen rising to 7.5% – World Bank


Global economic growth is forecast to ease to a weaker-than-expected 2.6% in 2019 before inching up to 2.7% in 2020, the World Bank said, adding that growth in emerging market and developing economies is expected to stabilize next year as some countries move past periods of financial strain, but economic momentum remains weak. Emerging and […]

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Trade tensions and higher stocks add uncertainty to global cotton market


The world cotton market faces continued uncertainty due to the escalating US-China trade war, with prices under additional pressure due to a projected increase in global stocks, the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) said in its latest monthly report. It said there is some hope that American and Chinese representatives might be able to de-escalate […]

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Lower production, rising domestic consumption hit India’s coffee exports; global shipments up – ICO


India’s coffee shipments fell by 10.7% to 598,240 bags in April 2019, while its exports in the first seven months decreased by 9.9% to 3.55 million bags, according to the International Coffee Organization (ICO). The latest ICO monthly report said that lower production coupled with rising domestic consumption has led to a decrease in coffee […]

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Renewables set to outprice oil and gas by 2020: IRENA


According to a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) cited by Reuters, beginning 2020, electricity generated by solar PV and onshore wind is set to become consistently cheaper than the most cost-effective fossil fuel alternative, without subsidies. In essence, more than 80 percent of solar PV and 75 percent of onshore wind power deployments […]

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Coal stocks at India power plants begin to decline: CEA


Thermal coal stockpiles at Indian power plants began to decline over the last week, although they remained markedly higher than the year-ago period, according to data released Monday by the Central Electricity Authority. Data available with the Central Electricity Authority showed that 23 of the 114 plants had low coal stocks, much higher than just […]

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INTERVIEW – Gold safest investment in these uncertain times, WGC India chief


The current state of the global economy made gold a very attractive investment, said Somasundaram PR, managing director of World Gold Council, India, acknowledging that the dark clouds thanks to the on-going US-China trade war, depressed interest rates and uncertainties around oil production and prices made things difficult. “It is well known that during times […]

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