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World Economic Outlook Database

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/October 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.

World Economic Outlook in Maps

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.

World Economic Outlook in Maps offers select indicators from the online April 2010 World Economic Outlook (WEO) database, such as inflation and GDP.


Changes to the April 2010 Database

  • Algeria, Djibouti, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia, previously classified as members of the Africa region, have been added to the former Middle East region to create the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Accordingly, the former Africa region is replaced by Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
  • Following the IMF's Government Finance Statistics Manual 2001, the government balance is now called net lending(+)/borrowing(–), which is calculated as revenue minus expenditure. Not all countries have adopted the new presentation; for those, net lending/borrowing is the previous calculation of total revenue and grants minus total expenditure and net lending.
  • GDP corresponding to fiscal year has been added to the database.
  • Country weights calculated as nominal GDP valued at purchasing-power-parity (PPP) exchange rates as a share of total world GDP are updated to reflect revisions to countries’ GDP data.
  • Data for Kosovo are now included for GDP, consumer prices, and current account balance, but are omitted from the country group composites because of data limitations.
  • Ghana redenominated its currency in July 2007 by replacing 10,000 cedis with 1 Ghana cedi. Local currency data for Ghana are expressed in the new currency beginning with the April 2010 WEO database.
  • Mozambique redenominated its currency in July 2006 by replacing 1,000 old meticais with 1 new metical. Local currency data for Mozambique are expressed in the new currency beginning with the April 2010 WEO database.
  • Venezuela redenominated its currency in January 2008 by replacing 1,000 bolívares with 1 bolívar fuerte. Local currency data for Venezuela are expressed in the new currency beginning with the April 2010 WEO database.