Note: Current US Dollars.
Source: World Bank Development Indicators.
The global generation of wealth remains highly
concentrated. The four largest economies, the United States,
Japan, China and Germany, alone accounted for more 38% of the
world's GDP in 2008. Thus, nine countries (G8 + China) generated
more than half the global economic activity. Still, the dynamism is shifting with China overtaking Japan to
become the world's second largest economy in 2010. Countries
such as Brazil and India have also experienced a remarkable
growth. This commercial potential and dynamism shapes global
transactions and flows.