World Economy News

World Economy News

The latest news in global trade, including trade deficits, production and orders indexes, exports, manufacturing and more.

Commentary

Accelerating freight growth is raising questions about capacity at North American ports, the truckload market and other troublesome bottlenecks.

News & Analysis

18 Aug 2014
Nine straight weeks of steady declines in pricing of low-sulfur bunker fuel have brought the price per metric ton down to the lowest levels in more than three years.
Worker assembling electronics component in China
03 Aug 2014
China’s factory output and total new orders in July rose to their highest levels since March last year, improving the operating conditions of mainland manufacturers and supporting carrier predictions of third quarter container volume increases in the seasonal build up to Christmas.
Myanmar pharmaceuticals, shutterstock photo
01 Aug 2014
Consumer spending on over-the-counter health care products in Myanmar is anticipated to grow from around $140 million in 2013 to $480 million by 2020, providing a huge and growing market for distributors and logistics providers.
The price of low-sulfur fuel per metric ton in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, a global indicator of bunker prices, has dropped $46.21 in six weeks.
29 Jul 2014
Spot prices for low-sulfur bunker fuel sank for the sixth straight week last week, a total drop of just over 7 percent.
17 Jul 2014
India’s merchandise exports rose for the third straight month in June on a year-over-year basis, expanding 10.22 percent to $26.48 billion...
Port in Thailand
10 Jun 2014
Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and India are poised to kick their export growth into higher gear over the next five years.
18 May 2014
The Japanese economy posted strong growth in the first quarter of this year as consumer spending, a key driver of expansion, surged ahead of the sales tax hike on April 1, according to a preliminary report released by the Cabinet Office last week.
Flag of Ukraine
21 Apr 2014
While agribusiness investments are a thriving sector for multinational expansion, Ukraine’s more mature sectors — energy, mining and metallurgy — remain highly inefficient and subject to corrupt practices, according to Anders Aslund, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
19 Mar 2014
Japan’s trade surplus with the U.S. narrowed for the first time in 14 months in February on a year-over-year basis, as imports grew at a much faster pace than exports...
13 Mar 2014
India’s exports shrank for the first time in eight months in February on a year-over-year basis...