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Asian economies are overtaking the U.S. and Northern Europe to become the most competitive in the world, according to an annual study by one of Europe's top business schools.
The 20th World Competitiveness Yearbook, released recently by IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland, ranks the U.S. No. 1 for the 15th straight year. But the report's author, professor StÃƒÂ©phane Garelli, expects Singapore to take the top spot next year. The small city-state trails the U.S. by less than seven-tenths of a point in the 2008 rankings. While it still has the world's strongest domestic economy, the U.S. is particularly vulnerable because its financial sector contributes 40 percent to corporate profits.
Meanwhile, Asia has proven relatively immune to the financial crisis gripping the U.S. Garelli says that Asia's roaring economies, led by China, will likely raise their competitive edge relative to the star-spangled superpower and slowing European countries this year.
Source: Business Week, http://businessweek.com
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