Consumer in many developed countries have played a major role sustaining growth, and the current environment seems to be still supportive. The good news, if we rely on the above chart from Citi, is that business confidence seems to be catching up.
According to Citi, those « are consistent with average AE (« Advanced Economies ») real GDP growth of 2.2. (SAAR) in Q4 and 2.1% in Q1″, they wrote in a Jan 9 note.
Key question they caution is: « whether confidence can be maintained or even rise further — There are plenty of downside risks, including potential disappointment by slower-or-lower-than-expected fiscal easing, tightening monetary conditions, China, geopolitical risks and an increase in protectionism. »