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Grant Thornton: Four in ten businesses globally see revenue hit

Four in ten businesses globally say the eurozone crisis has had a negative impact on their business, according to the latest Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR). This is estimated to have wiped US$2trillion off revenues globally.  With the crisis still rumbling on, the research also highlights the long-term damage to the prospects of the EU as businesses consider doing less trade in the region in the future.

Although businesses in Europe have suffered the most acute effects of the eurozone crisis, the IBR reveals that the impact has spread widely and had considerable effect in other regions. Around one in three business leaders in the BRIC economies (36%), Asia-Pacific (34%), North America (31%) and Latin America (30%) cite a negative impact.

Perhaps more worryingly, 17% of businesses globally now say they are less likely to do business in Europe as a result of the crisis. This compares with just 10% when businesses were asked the same question about the Middle East & North Africa in 2011 following the Arab Spring.  Some of those most likely to stay away from Europe are businesses from Turkey (30%), China (25%), South East Asia (24%) and Latin America (18%).

Interestingly, many businesses in Europe are thinking the same thing; 27% of businesses within the eurozone are now less likely to do business with other members of the currency union.

Paul Raleigh, Global leader of growth at Grant Thornton International, said: “It’s tricky to pin an exact figure on the total revenue lost as a result of the eurozone crisis. But our calculations, based on the IBR results and the proportion of global GDP accounted for by corporate revenues, suggest that businesses have lost close to US$2trillion as a result of the crisis.

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