Alternative indicators give an early picture of how the global economy is faring in the face of headwinds from new restrictions as case counts climb
After easing restrictive lockdown measures over the summer, the world is now facing a second surge in the coronavirus pandemic that has already caused the most severe global economic contraction since at least the 1930s.
Where lockdowns have eased, economic activity had started to recover but now faces headwinds from new restrictions as case counts climb. Because there is a lag of weeks to months between when official economic data is produced and the period of time it covers, it is out of date before it is published.
The FT is tracking the most relevant alternative indicators to provide an early view of changes in activity as they happen across key sectors and countries. As well as regular updates to the charts, new indicators will be added as they become available.