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March 18, 2014 U.S. factories report strong output growth


WASHINGTON – U.S. factory output rebounded strongly in February after harsh winter storms caused a steep drop-off in production in January. Manufacturers produced more autos, home electronics and chemicals.

March 17, 2014 In doubling yuan trading band, China aggravates foreign investor concerns

Source: The Economic Times

SHANGHAI: The Chinese central bank's decision to relax its grip on the yuan has been welcomed as a sign of financial liberalisation, but it is aggravating concerns among foreign executives and investors about their exposure to...

March 16, 2014 Outsourcing becoming standard practice

The Times Tribune - human resources and customer service/call center operations as the most heavily outsourced activities. In a survey accompanying the report, 45 percent of participants said outsourcing cuts expenses and...

March 13, 2014 China Data Show Economy Cooling

Source: Bloomberg

China’s industrial-output, investment and retail-sales growth cooled more than estimated in January and February, signaling an economic slowdown that makes the government’s 2014 expansion target harder to reach.

March 11, 2014 There's a business case for Fair Trade - At a recent national Fair Trade conference in Toronto, which included participants from Brandon, Gimli and Winnipeg, supply chain managers, corporate executives, small business owners and activists shared the...

March 3, 2014 China Manufacturing Declines, But Trade Takes Bigger Hit

Source: Forbes

For the most positive Chinese investor, China remains slow and steady. For the bears, China is just too slow and not worth the risk. Over the weekend, the National Bureau of Statistics reported that China’s manufacturing PMI...

February 28, 2014 After Two Decades, American Trade may Finally get a Needed Upgrade

Council on Foreign Relations - In 1989 the government of Singapore launched an innovative improvement to its trade infrastructure ... that deadline. In the United States, exporting or importing goods can involve up to forty eight...

February 12, 2014 China trade surplus jumps to $32bn

Source: BBC News

China's trade surplus jumped to $31.9bn (£19.4bn) in January, easing concerns the world's second-largest economy may be stuck in a slowdown. The figure was up 14% from a year earlier and stronger than forecasts for a $23.7bn...

February 10, 2014 Europe Futures Climb With Asian Stocks as Won Gains; Wheat Drops

San Francisco Gate - Gold extended its biggest weekly advance in more than a month and wheat slid. Euro îStoxxî 50 Index futures increased 0.4 percent as of 7:19 a.m. in London, while contracts on the Standard &...

February 10, 2014 What does 'fair trade certified' label mean'

Bend Bulletin - U.S. consumers bought some $1.2 billion in fair-trade products last year, but only 29 percent know what fair trade is, said Stacy Wagner, director of media and public relations for îTransFair USAî, the...

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