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China Overtakes the USA as the World's Largest Economy

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 07/23/14 -- An economic milestone is expected to occur in 2014 with China likely to overtake the USA to become the world's largest economy in Purchasing Power Parity or PPP terms.

According to a new white paper released today from Euromonitor International, "China Overtakes the US as the World's Largest Economy: Impact on Industry and Consumers Worldwide," China and the USA may be economic rivals but beyond the headlines divergent trends in both countries are apparent. Everything from living standards, consumption patterns, the business environment, productivity, retail and travel markets differ in China from the USA.

Similarities are there with income inequality an issue in both countries and both are leaders in the development of renewable energy technologies, manufacturing production and, less auspiciously, pollution.

Euromonitor International identified the key weaknesses and strengths of the two superpowers across a wide range of industry sectors and in terms of economics, demographics, consumer trends and the business environment.

Key Facts:

--  As the world's two largest manufacturers, China and the USA lead in
    global energy consumption and pollution, with China overtaking the USA
    in 2010 to become the world's biggest energy consumer.

--  China is set to overtake the USA in 2014 in terms of international
    travel and knock Germany off the top spot in 2017 to become the largest
    outbound source market with 105 million outbound trips.

--  By 2018, USA's beauty per capita spending is expected to increase to
    US$240, approximately five times higher than China's projected per
    capita spending of US$50. The success of local beauty and personal care
    players in China has led to brands such as Garnier and Revlon pulling
    out of the country.

--  In 2002, China overtook the USA to become the leading beer market in
    terms of volume sales. However, China still has some way to go before it
    can claim to be the world's biggest beer market by value.

To download a free copy of this white paper, please visit: http://go.euromonitor.com/whitepaper-china-overtakes-us-worlds-largest-economy.html

About Euromonitor International

Euromonitor International is the world's leading provider for global business intelligence and strategic market analysis. We have more than 40 years of experience publishing international market reports, business reference books and online databases on consumer markets.

We deliver market research solutions to support strategic planning for today's increasingly international business environment. Our research offers in-depth market analysis on consumer goods and services industries worldwide, as well as economic, demographic and socio-economic data and insight on countries and consumers.

Euromonitor International is headquartered in London, with regional offices in Chicago, Singapore, Shanghai, Vilnius, Sao Paulo, Santiago, Dubai, Cape Town, Tokyo, Sydney and Bangalore, and has a network of over 800 analysts worldwide.

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