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World Economic Outlook Database

April 2008 Edition

The World Economic Outlook (WEO) database contains selected macroeconomic data series from the statistical appendix of the World Economic Outlook report, which presents the IMF staff's analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level, in major country groups and in many individual countries. The WEO is released in April and September each year.

Use this database to find data on national accounts, inflation, unemployment rates, balance of payments, fiscal indicators, trade for countries and country groups (aggregates), and commodity prices whose data are reported by the IMF.

Data are available from 1980 to the present, and projections are given for the next two years. Additionally, medium-term projections are available for selected indicators. For some countries, data are incomplete or unavailable for certain years.


Changes to the April 2008 Database

  • Country weights used to construct aggregate data for groups of countries were revised to incorporate updated PPP exchange rates released by the World Bank.
  • Data is now available through 2013 for selected indicators.
  • On January 1, 2008, Cyprus and Malta joined the euro area. Additionally, Malta is now included in the advanced economies group.
  • Data for the Republic of Montenegro are now included.
  • Other emerging market and developing countries has been renamed Emerging and developing economies.
  • ASEAN-5 replaces ASEAN-4 with the addition of Vietnam.
  • Zimbabwe has been excluded from aggregated country group data.
  • Commodity price indices have been revised, and are now constructed using updated weights based on 2002-04 world trade data and a new base year of 2005. Please see the Energy and Commodities Surveillance Unit website for more details.