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The Missing "Bottom Line"

The following GDP and Savings data from the Bottom Line section of the July 19th, 1996 issue of Asia Week shows Japan's savings to be 33% of GDP, versus 15% in the US.  While this issue can be seen in its original format at http://www.asiaweek.com/asiaweek/96/0719/index.html , the Bottom Line sections for all issues prior to 1998 are no longer available on the internet.

The following urls show that Japan's savings rate varied between 30-34% of GDP since then:

August 11, 2000, 30% http://www.asiaweek.com/asiaweek/magazine/2000/0811/bottomline.html

August 18, 2000 http://www.cnn.com/ASIANOW/asiaweek/magazine/2000/0818/bottomline.html

December 8, 2000 http://www.asiaweek.com/asiaweek/magazine/2000/1208/bottomline.html  

March 16, 2001, 30% http://www.asiaweek.com/asiaweek/magazine/2001/0316/bottomline.html

March 30, 2001 http://www.asiaweek.com/asiaweek/magazine/2001/0330/bottomline.html

April 20, 2001, 30% http://www.asiaweek.com/asiaweek/magazine/2001/0420/bottomline.html

November 23, 2001 http://www.asiaweek.com/asiaweek/magazine/yourspace/0,8782,184624,00.html


Country

Per-cap. GNP
(nominal)

Reserves
excl. gold



Curr. A/C
Balance

GDP
(PPP)



GDP
Growth



Savings
% of GDP

Exports
12 months

Inflation
(CPI)



Per-cap.
GDP
(PPP)


Foreign
Debt


Switzerland $44,350 $31.7b. $18.6b. $171b. -0.3% 28% $84.1b. 0.9% $24,483 0�
Japan $36,315 $205.7b. $102.1b. $2,668b. 2.5% 34% $445b. -0.2% $21,350 0�
U.S. $26,620 $74.7b. -$152.9b. $6,738b. 2.8% 15% $554b. 2.8% $25,900 $681.0b.
Singapore $26,400 $68.9b. $15.1b. $66b. 9.1% 52% $118b. 1.5% $21,493 0�
France $25,860 $27.2b. $16.9b. $1,147b. 0.7% 21% $262b. 2.3% $19,774 0�
Germany $24,905 $85.0b. -$19.0b. $1,643b. 1.0% 22% $496b. 1.7% $20,165 0�
Hong Kong $23,200 $57.2b. $3.5b. $140b. 4.2% 30% $172b. 6.7% $23,080 0�
Brunei $20,000 $30.0b. $0.8b. $5.9b. 1.8% 35% $2.3b. 2.4% $21,065 0�
Australia $19,100 $11.2b. -$18.1b. $340b. 3.1% 19% $53.1b. 3.7% $19,007 $137.7b.
Italy $18,950 $32.7b. $15.6b. $1,064b. 2.3% 20% $211b. 5.0% $18,610 $88.0b.
Canada $18,900 $14.9b. -$11.7b. $619b. 0.6% 19% $185b. 1.4% $21,268 $237.0b.
Britain $18,800 $42.6b. -$10.6b. $1,054b. 2.0% 15% $230b. 2.7% $18,138 0�
Macau $17,475 $2.0b. $1.9b. $6.7b. 4.0% 28% $2.0b. 8.3% $16,840 0�
New Zealand $16,215 $4.4b. -$2.5b. $60b. 3.2% 24% $13.6b. 3.5% $17,045 $35.0b.
Taiwan $12,265 $82.6b. $5.0b. $279b. 6.0% 27% $112b. 3.0% $13,235 0�

Country

Per-cap. GNP
(nominal)

Reserves
excl. gold



Curr. A/C
Balance

GDP
(PPP)



GDP
Growth



Savings
% of GDP

Exports
12 months

Inflation
(CPI)



Per-cap.
GDP
(PPP)


Foreign
Debt


South Korea $10,076 $35.1b. -$9.4b. $468b. 6.8% 35% $125b. 5.1% $10,534 $18.0b.
Saudi Arabia $7,150 $9.5b. -$9.0b. $208b. -2.0% 27% $39.0b. 4.5% $11,176 $16.7b.
Malaysia $3,930 $25.1b. -$7.2b. $171b. 9.3% 34% $72.2b. 3.2% $8,763 $27.1b.
Brazil $3,800 $49.7b. -$1.5b. $921b. 5.8% 21% $45.4b. 21.2% $5,675 $132.7b.
South Africa $2,900 $2.8b. -$3.5b. $160b. 2.5% 19% $25.6b. 6.3% $3,810 $17.2b.
Mexico $2,705 $15.6b. -$0.6b. $650b. -6.6% 17% $79.9b. 43.8% $7,490 $118.0b.
Thailand $2,680 $36.0b. -$13.5b. $408b. 8.5% 37% $54.2b. 6.9% $6,870 $62.1b.
Fiji $2,535 $0.3b. $0.06b. $4.3b. 2.2% 19% $0.5b. 3.0% $5,590 $0.4b.
Iran $2,320 $5.0b. -$4.7b. $328b. 2.7% 30% $19.2b. 50.0% $5,280 $20.6b.
Turkey $2,140 $16.8b. $2.6b. $330b. 9.5% 22% $17.4b. 80.9% $5,550 $59.8b.
Russia $2,100 $11.9b. $10.3b. $780b. -4.0% 32% $76.3b. 89.4% $5,260 $120.0b.
P. N. Guinea $1,249 $0.2b. $0.3b. $10b. -4.8% 28% $2.7b. 15.0% $2,470 $4.2b.
Philippines $1,130 $8.3b. -$1.9b. $185b. 4.5% 15% $15.8b. 11.8% $2,800 $37.3b.
Egypt $1,030 $16.3b. $2.3b. $213b. 2.5% 7% $4.2b. 4.9% $3,670 $40.6b.
Indonesia $940 $14.7b. -$7.5b. $709b. 8.1% 38% $45.4b. 9.2% $3,690 $90.0b.

Country

Per-cap. GNP
(nominal)

Reserves
excl. gold



Curr. A/C
Balance

GDP
(PPP)



GDP
Growth



Savings
% of GDP

Exports
12 months

Inflation
(CPI)



Per-cap.
GDP
(PPP)


Foreign
Debt


Myanmar $890 $0.7b. -$0.3b. $31b. 7.7% 12% $0.8b. 21.8% $676 $5.3b.
Maldives $775 $0.04b. -$0.05b. $0.3b. 5.8% 11% $0.1b. 3.1% $1,373 $0.1b.
Sri Lanka $660 $2.1b. $0.5b. $53b. 5.6% 16% $3.6b. 14.2% $3,030 $6.4b.
China $540 $80.8b. $16.5b. $3,172b. 10.2% 36% $135b. 9.9% $2,660 $106.6b.
Pakistan $465 $2.3b. -$3.0b. $282b. 4.7% 14% $7.8b. 10.3% $2,235 $26.1b.
Bhutan $415 $0.1b. -$0.05b. $1.0b. 5.5% 17% $0.1b. 7.8% $1,475 $0.1b.
Nigeria $340 $2.1b. -$1.9b. $139b. 0.5% 20% $10.9b. 69.9% $1,480 $33.0b.
India $335 $16.8b. -$5.1b. $1,180b. 6.2% 24% $29.9b. 9.0% $1,280 $85.2b.
Mongolia $335 $0.04b. -$0.06b. $5.3b. 6.3% 3% $0.4b. 53.1% $2,115 $0.5b.
Laos $325 $0.09b. -$0.1b. $9.7b. 7.1% 4% $0.3b. 20.0% $2,071 $1.2b.
Kenya $270 $0.4b. $0.2b. $38b. 3.9% 21% $1.7b. 6.0% $1,377 $6.4b.
Vietnam $250 $0.6b. -$1.7b. $93b. 9.5% 7% $4.3b. 9.0% $1,263 $24.7b.
Bangladesh $245 $2.2b. $0.08b. $159b. 4.1% 7% $3.5b. 6.4% $1,350 $14.8b.
Cambodia $215 $0.2b. -$0.2b. $12b. 7.5% 8% $0.7b. 3.5% $1,266 $1.6b.
Nepal $180 $0.7b. -$0.3b. $25b. 2.3% 10% $0.4b. 8.2% $1,165 $1.9b.
Afghanistan $150 $0.2b. -$0.1b. $14b. 2.0% 10% $1.0b. 56.7% $720 $5.4b.

Compiled from latest available data. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the value of all goods and services produced in one year. Purchasing-Power Parity (PPP) takes into account price differences between countries to provide a more accurate picture of national wealth. GDP growth is adjusted for inflation. Gross National Product (GNP) is GDP plus payments from abroad from investments, labor and minus similar payments to foreigners. Per-capita GNP is converted to U.S. dollars using average exchange rates. � Net creditor.