International trade

A customer steps out of a Pier 1 Imports store which was having a closeout sale, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Larchmont, N.Y. Home goods retailer Pier 1 Imports Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Monday after years of sliding sales. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company, which was founded in 1962, has recently struggled with increased competition from online retailers such as Wayfair. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
February 17, 2020 - 4:16 pm
Pier 1 Imports Inc. — the once-trendy supplier of home goods like papasan chairs and throw pillows — filed for bankruptcy protection Monday after years of sliding sales. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company has been struggling with increased competition from budget-friendly online retailers like...
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File---Picture taken October 4, 2017 shows containers on a cargo ship in Hamburg, Germany. (Axel Heimken/dpa via AP)
February 14, 2020 - 3:40 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Growth ground to a halt at the end of the year in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, as manufacturing remained in a slump and exports fell, official figures showed Friday. The flat reading underlines the challenge facing the broader eurozone economy as it struggles against...
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British lawmaker Sajid Javid Chancellor of the Exchequer walks along Downing Street in London, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shook up his government on Thursday, firing and appointing ministers to key Cabinet posts. Johnson was aiming to tighten his grip on government after winning a big parliamentary majority in December's election. That victory allowed Johnson to take Britain out of the European Union in January. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
February 13, 2020 - 6:54 am
LONDON (AP) — U.K. Treasury chief Sajid Javid unexpectedly resigned on Thursday after resisting a reduction in his power, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to tighten his grip on the government with a Cabinet shake-up. Javid had been widely expected to keep his job — the second most powerful...
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno and his wife Rocio Gonzalez to the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
February 12, 2020 - 1:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's working on a trade deal with Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno, who became the first chief of state from the small South American nation in 17 years to meet with an American president in Washington. “They have incredible product,"...
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February 12, 2020 - 1:54 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European lawmakers are set to approve free trade and investment deals between the EU and Vietnam that will eliminate almost all tariffs over the next ten years, despite concerns about the human rights situation in the country. After an influential Parliament trade committee...
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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, a cleaner walks through a deserted compound of a commercial office building in Beijing. Chinese authorities are struggling to strike a delicate balance between containing a deadly viral outbreak and restarting the world’s second-biggest economy after weeks of paralysis. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
February 11, 2020 - 2:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese authorities are struggling to strike a delicate balance between containing a viral outbreak and restarting the world’s second-biggest economy after weeks of paralysis. As the death toll from the newly named COVID-19 illness topped 1,000, global supply chains remained...
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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, left, talks to to European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier during a debate on a proposed mandate for negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Feb.11, 2020. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
February 11, 2020 - 5:17 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union will only offer Britain unique access to its vast single market if the U.K. agrees to stick to the bloc's standards, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday, dismissing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's idea of brokering a loose trade...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 file photo, workers walk in the Nihran Bin Omar field north near Basra, Iraq. The U.S. has signaled to Iraq it's willingness to extend sanctions waivers enabling the country to continue importing vital Iranian gas and electricity imports, three Iraqi officials said this week. The decision comes amid strained U.S.-Iraqi ties following last month's Washington-directed airstrike that killed a high-profile Iranian general on Iraqi soil. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani, File)
February 09, 2020 - 11:35 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States has signaled to Iraq its willingness to extend sanctions waivers enabling the country to continue importing vital Iranian gas and electricity imports, three Iraqi officials said this week, a move that would be a key test of Baghdad-Washington ties. The decision...
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February 07, 2020 - 12:56 am
BERLIN (AP) — German industrial production dropped sharply in December and exports barely edged higher, official data showed Friday, rounding off a poor year for manufacturing in Europe's biggest economy. Production was down 3.5% compared with the previous month, the Economy Ministry said. It added...
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Specialist Jay Woods works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. U.S. stocks rose in midday trading Thursday as investors continued focusing on the latest round of corporate earnings and China cut tariffs on key imports as part of a trade war truce. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
February 06, 2020 - 12:00 pm
Technology companies led stocks higher on Wall Street in afternoon trading Thursday, adding to the market's solid gains this week. Major indexes were on track for more record highs as investors continued focusing on the latest round of corporate earnings. Twitter and Coach brand owner Tapestry were...
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