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BY Jim Tankersley |08/20/15 3:20 PM EDT| Source: Washington Post It took less than a year for America’s factory output to rebound from the 1991 recession. It took 3½ years to bounce back from the 2001 recession. Now, six years clear of the Great Recession, manufacturing output still hasn’t returned to the pre-crisis levels it reached in 2007, Read more »
BY Alan Bjerga |08/20/15 12:00 AM EDT| Source: Bloomberg On paper, it’s not a fair fight: a dozen nations representing 40 percent of the world’s economic output versus 12,000 Canadian dairy farms. But Canada’s dairies are protected by some of the world’s most restrictive agricultural trade barriers, which helped to stall talks last month just as negotiators were closing Read more »
BY: Vicki Needham |08/18/15 03:06 PM EDT| Source: The Hill AFL-CIO: Use Pacific trade deal to crack down on currency manipulation For African countries that have bet heavily on China as their economic saviour, the sudden devaluation of the Chinese currency is a painful reminder of the risks of over-dependence on the Asian giant. The devaluation of the Read more »
BY: GEOFFREY YORK | 08/16/2015 9:42pm| Source: The Globe and Mail African trade partners feel the bite of China’s yuan devaluation For African countries that have bet heavily on China as their economic saviour, the sudden devaluation of the Chinese currency is a painful reminder of the risks of over-dependence on the Asian giant. The devaluation of Read more »
BY: CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer | 08/05/2015 9:03am| Source: ABC News US Trade Gap Widens 7 Percent in June as Imports Jump The U.S. trade deficit increased in June as solid consumer spending pulled in more imports, while the strong dollar restrained exports. The Commerce Department said Wednesday the trade gap jumped 7 percent to $43.8 billion Read more »
BY: David Brunnstrom | 08/04/2015 3:42am| Source: The New York Times Kerry: Good Progress Made on Pacific Trade Deal Despite Talks Failure SINGAPORE Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday “good progress” was made toward a 12-nation Trans-Pacific trade deal last week, even though negotiators failed to reach an accord in marathon talks Read more »
BY: WILLIAM MAULDIN and PAUL VIEIRA | 08/2/2015 | Source: THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Election Cycles Cloud Future of Trade Talks The U.S. and 11 other Pacific nations trying to hammer out a sweeping trade agreement notched progress in high-level talks in Hawaii but now face a renewed mix of thorny issues complicated by election seasons in the Read more »
BY: KRISTA HUGHES AND AMI MIYAZAKI| 07/31/2015 | Source: REUTERS Pacific trade negotiators chase elusive final deal in tough talks Pacific Rim trade ministers neared the final spurt of negotiations on an ambitious free trade pact on Thursday, but differences over farm exports and monopoly periods for next-generation drugs kept them short of an elusive final Read more »
BY: Steven Mufson| 07/29/2015 | Source: The Washington Post Eyeing the 2016 Election Calendar, Trade Ministers Meet in Hawaii Trade ministers from a dozen nations have gathered at a beachside hotel in Maui on Tuesday for talks aimed at knocking down tariff barriers, clearing political hurdles and sealing a new Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that would Read more »
BY: Asia| 07/28/2015 | Source: BBC News US criticised for taking Malaysia off trafficking blacklist Rights groups have reacted angrily after the US took Malaysia off its human trafficking blacklist. They said the decision was made so the US could quickly push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation free-trade agreement which has an anti-trafficking clause. The Read more »