China: up 6.5%
China may not be experiencing the skyrocketing growth it enjoyed in the 2000s, but the economy is still expected to expand by 6.5% next year, with consumer spending ever strong.
Bangladesh: up 7%
Increasing consumer demand and a number of large infrastructure projects are fueling stellar growth in Bangladesh, with the economy expected to expand by 7% in 2018.
India: up 7.4%
The IMF expects the Indian economy to expand by an impressive 7.4% next year, thanks to a combination of increased public investment and rising consumer spending.
Italy: up 1.1%
The stagnating Italian economy is expected to grow by 1.1% in 2018, slightly down on this year but an improvement on 2016’s figures.
South Africa: up 1.1%
Real GDP growth, which slowed this year in South Africa, is poised to pick up in 2018, but the speed-up is only expected to be modest at 1.1%.
Japan: up 0.7%
Japan has been stuck in the economic doldrums for years, and the country’s financial fortunes don’t look like changing for a while yet if next year’s 0.7% real GDP growth rate is anything to go by.
Barbados: up 0.5%
Despite an increase in tourist numbers, Barbados will only experience modest growth next year according to the IMF, at just 0.5%.
Puerto Rico: -2.5%
Puerto Rico’s finances were already in a sorry state when Hurricane Maria hit in September, further damaging the economy, which is expected to contract by 2.5% next year.
South Sudan: -3.4%
Recent reports suggest South Sudan requires $1.7 billion (£1.3bn) in humanitarian aid to help it deal with the ravages of war, famine and a failing economy.
As if things couldn’t get any worse, the economic crisis in Venezuela is expected to deepen next year as hyperinflation kicks in, with the economy contracting by an estimated 6%.
Equatorial Guinea: -7.8%
Equatorial Guinea is expected to have the world’s fastest-shrinking economy in 2018. The country has been stuck in recession since 2013. The culprit? The ongoing low price of oil.