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Global economy won’t return to pre-pandemic levels ‘for a long time’ – Deutsche Bank

In another gloomy outlook for the global economy, Deutsche Bank CEO Christian Sewing warned that it could take the world much longer to recover economically from Covid-19 than previously thought.

“The pre-crisis level will be difficult to reach and it will take a long time. This is not going to happen this year and not next year either,” the banker told an audience at the Handelsblatt Banking Summit in Frankfurt earlier this week. 

While some parts of the economy will not operate in full, with some sectors running at 70-90 percent capacity, a bulk of companies will have to live with reduced sales for quite a long time, according to Sewing. He added that recovery will eventually happen, but “only step by step and not in all industries.”

The speech came as more and more countries have plunged into recession as the coronavirus outbreak battered their economies. Australia, which managed to escape deep contraction during the 2008 financial crisis, was one of the latest countries to be added to the list which also includes the US, the UK, and major European economies. 

Deutsche Bank's boss was also not optimistic about a rebound in Europe, noting that the US might be less effective in containing the virus, but American companies are “more radical” when it comes to adapting to new realities. 


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