Europe as a total gained 0,3%, but only because the growth in Eastern Europe picked up 7,9%. The EU region lost 3,7%.
China gained a 23,9% increase in it’s share of world demand while India recorded a 4,3% increase.
“Although the changes from 2009, when CIA defined a new basis for the numbers we use to calculate the index, clearly shows the shift away from the “old”
The Middle East is showing a small increase, but the way the numbers are calculated plays in favour of oil producing countries. The African continent remains stable with 0,8% world demand of which South Africa represents close to 40%.
The BECH index is calculated and published annually based on the GDP and GDP per capita figures provided by the CIA World Factsheet https://www.cia.gov/
 USA, Canada, EU, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
 BRIC: Brasil, Russia, India and China
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