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Latest Commerce Figures Show Accelerating Economic Growth and Smaller Trade Gap

The latest economic figures released by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) indicate that real Gross Domestic Product increased 2.6% (annual rate) in the second quarter, in line with expectations. This represents an acceleration over the previous two quarters, each of which saw growth of below 2%. The bulk of last quarter's growth was due to personal consumption expenditures which contributed 1.9 percentage points to this increase, while private nonresidential fixed investment contributed 0.6 percentage points, on the strength of business' investment in industrial and information processing equipment. The past two quarters have been the strongest for business investment since 2014. The other components of GDP contributed little to last quarter's growth: net exports (0.2 points), and government consumption and investment (0.1), and change in private inventories (0.0 points). 

Assess Costs Everywhere: Trade Financing Costs

The Department of Commerce recently introduced the Assess Costs Everywhere tool, which outlines the costs and risks firms need to weigh when considering location of manufacturing operations and supply chains. Trade financing and associated costs are especially relevant to manufacturers with overseas suppliers. These firms must consider more than just the selling prices of the items they plan to purchase. Purchasing goods and supplies from foreign countries requires different payment methods from buying domestically.

New Commerce Department Report Shows Record Services Trade Surplus that Continues to Grow

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) today released a report showing U.S. trade in private services totaled $526.6 billion in 2010, representing a trade surplus that is growing, rising from $66.7 billion in 2003 to $168 billion in 2010.

U.S.-Chinese Statistics Working Group Reports On Differences in U.S.-China Trade Data

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Commerce is today releasing findings of an analytic report on the differences between the official trade statistics produced by the United States and China. This report was prepared cooperatively by analysts in the United States and China as part of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Statistics Working Group (JCCT SWG).

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