June 12, 2008 |
China's overall trade surplus shrank 10% in May from a year earlier, though its contentious gaps with the United States and Europe continued to expand -- suggesting more trade tensions ahead. Meanwhile, the government also reported Wednesday that China's index for producer prices, an indicator of inflation, jumped 8.2% in May, the fastest rise in more than three years, thanks to higher costs for oil and other raw materials compared with a year earlier.
May 16, 2008 |
The Bush administration has declined to cite China for manipulating its currency to gain unfair trade advantages against the United States. The finding came despite pressure in Congress for penalties because of America's growing trade deficit with China, which last year hit an all-time high of $256.3 billion. The administration said China needed to address the "substantial undervaluation" of its currency compared with the dollar.
March 12, 2008 |
The United States' trade deficit grew larger in January as imports -- including crude-oil prices -- zoomed to all-time highs. The latest snapshot of trade activity, reported by the Commerce Department on Tuesday, showed that the country's trade gap increased to $58.2 billion. That was up from a trade shortfall of $57.9 billion in December and was the highest since November. Imports of goods and services climbed to a record high of $206.4 billion in January. The United States' voracious appetite for imported crude oil, with prices skyrocketing to the loftiest on record, figured into the increasing demand for overall imports.
February 15, 2008 |
The U.S. trade deficit shrank more than forecast in December and showed the first annual drop since 2001 as the faltering economy eroded demand for imported autos and consumer goods. The gap narrowed 6.9% from November to $58.8 billion, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Imports fell 1.1%, and exports rose 1.5%.
February 7, 2008 |
The Commerce Department on Wednesday set preliminary anti-dumping duties of as much as 210% on millions of off-road tires from China that it said were being sold in the United States at unfairly low prices. The tires were the sixth Chinese product to be hit with U.S. anti-dumping duties since the start of the year. The others include nails, certain steel pipe, a teeth-whitening ingredient and laminated woven sacks used to package items such as dog food and bird seed.
December 13, 2007 |
The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in October as a record price for imported oil outweighed the export-spurring benefits of a weaker dollar, a Commerce Department report showed Wednesday. Rising oil costs also propelled U.S. import prices 2.7% higher in November -- the largest gain in 17 years -- raising concerns about inflation, according to a separate report from the Labor Department. The monthly trade gap widened 1.2% to $57.