London ‘to outstrip New York growth’

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London is to grow more quickly than New York over the next 15 years as the capital benefits more from growth in the global economy, a report showed yesterday.

London’s economy will grow by an average of 2.9 per cent a year between now and 2030, ahead of New York’s 2.6 per cent, according to forecasts drawn up by Oxford-based consultancy Oxford Economics.

“A global outlook gives an unrivalled opportunity for enjoying growth from wherever it comes,” Oxford Economics Head of Global Cities Research Richard Holt said.

Mr Holt said London was one of the world’s “most flexible cities” where other sectors grow off the back of successes in banking and finance. But New York will see the biggest increase in consumer spending globally.

The only other European city in the researchers’ top ten fastest growing cities list is Paris, set to grow by 1.7 per cent a year in the same period.

Shanghai tops the list with an economy expanding at 5.2 per cent a year, spearheading a gradual shift eastwards in economic power as China’s urban population and labour productivity growth race ahead of Europe’s.

By 2030 eight European cities will drop out of the world’s top 50 cities by gross domestic product (GDP) and nine new Chinese cities will join the group, taking the Chinese total to 17.