Atradius publishes Asia reports

Four new reports on the markets of China, India, Indonesia and South Korea, have been published by Atradius (, and are designed as an information tool for firms doing business overseas, enabling them to monitor trading risks and opportunities.  
In the China report ( Atradius discusses how the coronavirus outbreak has severely hit the Chinese economy.  Chinese GDP contracted 6.8% during Q1 with Atradius economists forecasting a sharp decrease in the economic growth rate in 2020, down to 1.5% from an increase of 6.2% in 2019.  The subdued performance is driven by a crippling of China’s manufacturing and industrial output earlier this year.  A comprehensive rebound is constrained by lingering weakness in domestic demand and sluggish demand from overseas markets which is expected to lead to a decrease in exports by more than 7% year on year.  Business insolvencies are also forecast to increase sharply this year, mainly affecting the SME segment.

For India ( the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic have hit an already weakening economy in India where the economy grew just 5.3% in 2019, the lowest annual increase in more than six years.  Atradius forecasts GDP to contract 5.7% in 2020 with both investment and industrial production forecast to contract while exports are expected to decline by almost 13%.  Extended supply disruptions from China have hurt those Indian industries reliant on imports while business insolvencies are forecast to increase by more than 30% year-on-year.

In Indonesia (, the report explains the sharp downturn in economic growth and forecasts a contraction in GDP of 2.7% in 2020 after growth of 5% in 2019.  Private consumption growth, a main driver of Indonesia’s economic expansion, is expected to decrease 2% this year.  Indonesian exports are forecast to decrease by more than 10% in 2020.  However, with exports accounting for just 22% of GDP, Indonesia is less susceptible to global trade downturns than some other Southeast Aisan countries.

Following GDP growth of 2% in 2019, the South Korean economy is expected to fall into recession this year with the coronavirus pandemic disrupting regional supply chains and affecting global growth.  The Atradius South Korea report ( forecasts a 0.7% contraction in GDP in 2020.  As the world’s leading producer of displays and memory semiconductors and the second largest shipbuilder, South Korea’s exports account for about 50% of GDP.  Delayed shipments of parts from China have impacted businesses, forcing them to operate below capacity; industrial production and exports are forecast to contract by 1.5% and 7.7% respectively in 2020.  A further deterioration of external demand could weigh on company profits of businesses in export-dependant sectors with insolvencies expected to increase sharply in 2020.
The full reports and a suite of free economic research and trading reports are available on the Atradius reports page of the website


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