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Economic Reports Trade Balance

  • Japan's 'disappointing' export figures

    Marcel Thieliant, global economist at Capital Economics, weighs in on the latest trade figures from Japan, which might weaken further.

  • TOKYO, Feb 20- Japan's exports rose 1.3 percent in January from a year earlier, government data showed on Monday, a slowdown from the previous month due to a decline in U.S. exports and the Chinese New Year holidays. The trade balance came to a deficit of 1.09 trillion yen, versus the median estimate for a 636.8 billion yen deficit. To view full tables, go to the website of...

  • President Donald Trump's administration is mulling changes to how it calculates U.S. trade deficits in a way that would likely help bolster political arguments to renegotiate key trade deals, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people involved in the discussions. Trump has been highly critical of trade deals including the North American Free...

  • President Donald Trump meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House on Feb. 13, 2017.

    President Trump's isolationist policies could mean big things for trade with our northern neighbor.

  • TOKYO— Japan's economy expanded at a slightly slower than expected 1.0 percent annual pace in 2016, helped by an uptick in exports, the Cabinet office reported Monday. But slower growth in China sapped demand for machinery and other inputs for much of 2016. Japan's current account surplus, a wide measure of the country's trade and investment flows, hit a...

  • LONDON, Feb 10- Sterling jumped above $1.25 on Friday after data showed UK industrial output rose more than expected in December and the trade deficit was narrower than forecast, allaying fears of a slowdown as the Brexit process gathers pace. The pound traded as high as $1.2515 from around $1. 248 o just before the data, while the euro slid around 20 ticks to 85.03...

  • *China Jan exports, imports rise, beat forecasts. BEIJING, Feb 10- China reported better-than-expected trade data for January as demand picked up both at home and abroad, an encouraging start to 2017 for the world's largest trading nation even as Asia's exporters brace for a rise in U.S. protectionism. That left the country with a initial trade surplus of $51.35...

  • BEIJING, Feb 10- China's trade surplus with the United States fell to $21.37 billion in January from $21.73 billion in December 2016, preliminary data from customs showed on Friday. China, the world's largest trading nation, could be heavily exposed to protectionist measures this year if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump follows through on campaign pledges to...

  • BRIEF- CHINA'S JAN YUAN-DENOMINATED EXPORTS RISE 15.9 PCT,. Feb 10- China's exports denominated in yuan rose 15.9 percent in January from a year earlier, the General Administration of Customs said on Friday. *That produced a trade balance of +354.53 billion yuan in January.

  • Trump may press Abe to do more to level the trade imbalance with Japan during a White House visit or a round of golf,. But the two leaders are unlikely to change the fact that the big cars and trucks that America makes do not sell in Japan. Even Japan's Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co cannot convince Japanese consumers to buy models that are popular in the United...

  • Feb 9- Gold steadied near three-month highs on Thursday as political risk in Europe and the United States drove demand for bullion as a safe haven. Spot gold was down 0.1 percent at $1,239.86 an ounce at 1122 GMT, having struck its highest since Nov. 11 at $1,244.67 in the previous session. Official data on Thursday showed that Germany's trade surplus climbed to a...

  • *Trump ally has accused Germany of exploiting weak euro. "The record surplus will continue to fuel the conflict with the USA and within the EU," said Marcel Fratzscher, head of the DIW economic institute, an advocate of stronger investment in Germany. "European neighbours would benefit from stronger investment in Germany," he said.

  • BERLIN— Germany's exports climbed to a record high last year thanks to stronger demand from other European Union countries, and the country's trade surplus grew as export growth outpaced imports, official data showed Thursday. The figures came amid concern in Germany, one of the world's biggest exporters, over the new U.S. administration's approach to trade in...

  • TOKYO, Feb 9- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a new cabinet level framework for U.S.- Japan talks on trade, security and macroeconomic issues, including currencies, when he meets U.S. Trump has lumped Japan with China and Mexico as big contributors to the U.S. trade deficit, targeted its auto trade as "unfair" and accused Tokyo of using monetary...

  • BEIJING, Feb 8- China foreign exchange regulator said on Wednesday that risks from cross-border capital flows will be generally under control in 2017, and that the country's capital and financial account deficit will narrow somewhat this year. China will maintain a current account surplus, and capital and financial account deficit in 2017, the State...

  • BEIJING, Feb 8- China posted a preliminary current account surplus of $37.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016 and a deficit of $37.6 billion on its capital and financial account, the country's foreign exchange regulator said on Wednesday.

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    Japan attained its second-biggest current account surplus on record in 2016, Ministry of Finance data showed on Wednesday.

  • The data announced Wednesday came just as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was preparing for summit meetings later in the week with President Donald Trump, who has complained Japanese don't buy enough U.S. cars and accused Japan of unfair currency policies he says are hurting U.S. manufacturers. Japan reported a 628.8 billion yen global goods trade deficit in 2015..

  • TOKYO, Feb 8- Japan attained its second-biggest current account surplus on record in 2016, Ministry of Finance data showed on Wednesday, just days before the U.S. and Japanese leaders meet for talks with trade surpluses and currency valuations expected to be high on the agenda. President Donald Trump pursues an "America First" campaign in which he has accused big...

  • WASHINGTON— The U.S. trade deficit hit a four-year peak in 2016 and is posing a tough challenge to President Donald Trump's drive to shrink the deficit, accelerate the economy and create many more jobs. The president has threatened to slap punitive tariffs on imports from China, Mexico and other nations deemed to be trading unfairly. For 2016, the deficit totaled...