GENEVA, Dec 20 (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization said on Monday that global merchandise trend fell by 0.8% in the third quarter, adding that the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant had raised the risk of missing the forecast 2021 growth rate.
Trade volume slipped between July-September due to supply chain disruptions, shortages of production inputs and rising COVID-19 cases, the WTO said in a statement on its website.
A 2021 growth target could theoretically still be met, it said, but the emergence of Omicron has “tipped the balance of risks towards the downside, increasing the chance of a more negative outcome.”
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Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Maria Sheahan
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