get back on trend


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The quotation comes from

Quotation: Despite massive stimulus injections and record-low interest rates, real GDP among the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries has averaged just 2.0% since the Great Recession ended in 2009. That is a snail’s pace compared to the 3.5% growth seen over the preceding 47 years. The question today is how to get back on trend.
Hi everyone! How to understand the bold part? I take it as "get back on track".
  • Dretagoto

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    Inglés británico
    That's close, but not quite. The trend here is the pattern that the economic growth had been following - it was trending (following a consistent pattern) of 3.5% growth, and then fell to 2.0%. To get back back on trend is to (try to) return to where it was before (in this case 3.5% growth).

    "Get back on track" is a more general saying, in this context "trend" is much more specific.
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