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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.

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.

The World Economic Outlook (WEO) database is now available in SDMX format from our Entire Dataset page. For more information about SDMX, please visit SDMX.org


Changes to the October 2017 Database

  • Data for Somalia have been added to the database—enlarging the database to a total of 193 countries—and are included in the emerging market and developing economies group composites. Somalia is classified as a member of the Middle East and North Africa region.
  • Data for Gross Domestic Product per Capita, constant prices (purchasing power parity; 2011 international dollars) have been added to the online database.
  • The October 2017 WEO database includes revisions to net and gross debt series for a number of countries. The revisions result from work to better align assets and liabilities included in calculations of net debt to be better aligned with the definition of net debt in the IMF GFS Manual 2014 (GFSM 2014). In particular, for a number of countries, there are changes to the financial assets included in the calculation. For countries where net debt has increased, this has typically been due to the previous inclusion of equity assets in net debt, (e.g. Norway, Finland, Netherlands and Sweden) which have now been excluded. In some cases insufficient assets were being included (e.g. Korea), and once additional financial assets were included this reduced net debt.