Goldman Sachs sees 1% drop in global GDP due to ‘coronacrisis’

(Reuters) – Goldman Sachs said it expected global real gross domestic product to contract by about 1% in 2020, a sharper economic decline than in the year following the 2008 global financial crisis. Global governments have been taking unprecedented measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak which is threatening to spark a worldwide economic contraction. “The coronacrisis — or more precisely, the response to that crisis — represents a physical (as opposed to financial) constraint on economic activity that is unprecedented in postwar history,” the investment bank said in a note to its clients published late on Sunday. It sees the real GDP in advanced economies contracting “very sharply” in the second quarter, including a 24% drop in the United States, a whopping two-and-a-half times as large as the previous postwar record.

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