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COVID-19: Implications for Global Business

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has created business disruptions worldwide, spanning across industries from automotive supply chains to oil production. We are constantly monitoring rapidly changing developments surrounding COVID-19 to separate signal from noise and provide the most important insights for your business, now with a centralized hub for all of our analysis.

Check back here regularly as we will be updating this page to reflect the latest news and insights on COVID-19.

Latest COVID-19 Insights

Pharma CI Virtual Conference: Adapting to the Coronavirus Era

Pharma CI, in partnership with DuckerFrontier, held a virtual event in lieu of the live conference in Zurich, which has been moved to November 5-6. In this 90-minute presentation, our panel of healthcare executives and experts shared the adaptations healthcare companies are making in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, and steps to mitigate business risk.

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This week on COVID-19: Recession concerns pressure major markets’ ability to act fast

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WSJ and DuckerFrontier Webinar – How companies can adjust to global disruptions caused by coronavirus

In this recorded webinar in partnership with the Wall Street Journal, Martina Bozadzhieva, DuckerFrontier’s Head of Research, Martina Bozadzhieva, and Ryan Connelly, Practice Leader for Global Economics and Scenarios discuss with WSJ’s Frontier Markets editor, Dan Keeler, how multinationals are adjusting to the global disruptions caused by coronavirus, China’s slowdown, and the oil price crash.

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COVID-19 and Global Automotive Supply Chain Disruptions

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has created business disruptions worldwide, spanning the automotive industry from the Detroit three automakers (General Motors, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler) to tier suppliers, leaving many in the industry grappling with the lasting impact to their businesses. We are constantly monitoring rapidly changing developments surrounding COVID-19 to separate signal from noise and provide the most important insights for your business, now with a centralized hub for all of our analysis.

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This week on COVID-19: Companies should start preparing for a global recession

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As Coronavirus Clampdown Widens, IOC Presses Ahead to Tokyo from The Wall Street Journal

We recently revised down Japan’s GDP growth in 2020 to -0.5% YOY on the back of significant export disruptions as well as expected shortfalls in domestic investment and consumption. However, risks tilt toward the downside due to the potential for postponing the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Firms should expect a further contraction in Japan’s economy unless COVID-19 cases plateau globally by mid Q2.

Commentary from Martina Bozadzhieva, Head of Research

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Revised Global Outlook: A year of disruptions from COVID-19

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread and impact global markets, DuckerFrontier has revised down our expectations for growth around the world. The slowdown in global growth will have ripple effects across a range of markets, hampering multinationals’ ability to hit targets for 2020 and upending corporate forecasts and business plans for the year.

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EU Plans to Ban Entry at Its Borders, But Barriers Rise Within Block from The Wall Street Journal

EU’s foreign travel ban and WEUR’s lockdowns will hurt European international and domestic tourism. The slump in tourism means that 10% of EU’s GDP and of total employment will be lost from March to May, if the outbreak is contained by H1. Firms should assess the impact of the coronavirus on their sales and shift to e-commerce sales, which are projected to record positive performance in 2020.

Commentary from Athanasia Kokkinogeni, Senior Analyst, Western Europe

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This Week in The Lens: Major Market Updates Reveal Sharp Downward Growth Revisions

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Top 1,000 from The Wall Street Journal

The spread of coronavirus across the US will lead to a rolling series of state-level work disruptions and consumer behavioral changes, hitting consumer services in March and April. Weaker trade and domestic investment due to the oil price collapse and financial volatility will hit domestic manufacturing. We have substantially revised down our US outlook to account for these changes.

Commentary from Ryan Connelly, Practice Leader for Global Economics and Scenarios

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The Perfect Storm: COVID-19 and Recent Oil Pricing War Leads to Stock Market Crash – What Your Business Needs to Know

The combination of the COVID-19 outbreak and the recent oil pricing war between Saudi Arabia and Russia has created business disruptions worldwide, most recently with a stock market crash following the plunge in oil prices after Saudi Arabia slashed crude oil prices over the weekend. We explore the immediate and long-term business impacts in The Perfect Storm: COVID-19 and Recent Oil Pricing War Leads to Stock Market Crash – What Your Business Needs to Know.

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Q1 Global Leadership Briefing Executive Summary

For more information on how COVID-19 could impact your business, download an executive summary of our Q1 Global Leadership Briefing or purchase the full report from our online store.

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What Coronavirus Means for Multinationals’ Plans in 2020

In DuckerFrontier’s latest webinar, What Coronavirus Means for Multinationals’ Plans in 2020, our experts explore scenarios for how the coronavirus could affect China’s economy over the coming months, and implications for multinationals across different geographies, customer segments, and operational challenges firms are likely to face.

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What Coronavirus Means for the North American Automotive Industry

Will the COVID-19 outbreak have a lasting impact on global automotive industry production? That is the question we seek to answer in our latest post, What the Coronavirus Means for the North American Automotive Industry. DuckerFrontier’s automotive industry experts outline the risks that could have the largest impact on your business.

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Coronavirus Outbreak Imperils the Global Economy

After a weak 2019 for most regions, driven in large part by weak Chinese import demand, 2020 was expected to be a recovery year for the global economy. But the coronavirus outbreak has already led to a significant downward revision to our China growth forecasts for 2020, from 5.9% to 5.4%—and that is assuming China is able to control the outbreak. Read our post on how the Coronavirus Outbreak Imperils the Global Economy.

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Our Experts in the Media

Explore insights from our analysts worldwide on how COVID-19 is impacting your key regions.

Alejandro Valerio on El Economista: Banxico cuenta con más de 240,000 mdd de reservas y LCF

William Attwell on Channels Television: What We Should Expect From Global Economy Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Athanasia Kokkinogeni on CNBC: How bad could it get? Economists predict how the coronavirus could hurt the global economy

Martina Bozadzhieva on CNBC: Coronavirus could trigger a worrying psychological change in US consumers, economist says

William Attwell on CNBC Africa: Why this analyst is forecasting a global recession amid COVID-19 outbreak

William Attwell on CNBC Africa: Global economy: Coronavirus impact on growth

Alejandro Valerio on El Economista: Recesión inminente en México, por segundo año consecutivo: analistas

Athanasia Kokkinogeni on CNBC: 12 years after Lehman, European banks face a new credit crisis

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