China, the world’s 3rd largest economy is set to grow its production by almost 10% this fiscal. Because Japan will appreciate a more modest 1.4% expand, China is on target to leapfrog the Land of the Rising Sun and presume second place. The United States financial system will contract 1.8% for 2009, and remain the richest country on the planet in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

1. United States … US$14.003 trillion         (Down 1.8% from 2008)

2. Japan … $4.993 trillion                              (Up 1.4%)

3. China … $4.833 trillion                              (Up 9.8%)

4. Germany … $3.060 trillion                       (Down 16.6%)

5. France … $2.499 trillion                            (Down 12.8%)

6. United Kingdom … $2.007 trillion             (Down 24.9%)

7. Italy … $1.988 trillion                                (Down 14.1%)

8. Spain … $1.397 trillion                              (Down 13.3%)

9. Brazil … $1.269 trillion                              (Down 19.3%)

10. Canada … $1.229 trillion                         (Down 18.6%)

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