Risk aversion, high unemployment, growth slowdowns, recessions, and geopolitical crises in key global economies are just a few of the factors holding back global growth. Overall, tighter financial conditions are leading to stock market corrections and a loss of confidence.
The following is a note in advance of a full report on the 2015 U.S. and China trade statistics from Ernie Preeg, Ph.D., senior advisor for internatiional trade and finance for the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Producticity and Innovation.
Over the last 20 years, the growing global economy has allowed manufacturers to enter new markets to serve an increasingly global customer base while also shortening supply chains and reducing cost structures.
U.S. exports of manufactures in July were $94 billion, down 4% from 2014, imports were $153 billion, up 1%, and the trade deficit soared to $59 billion, up by 11%, continuing the double-digit deficit growth during the first half of the year, as analyzed in the MAPI second quarter report on U.S.