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February 11, 2015 at 11:12 AM

State exports up in 2014, capping impressive decade

Washington’s merchandise exports totaled more than $90.6 billion last year, compared with $81.6 billion in 2013. The year’s total is more than 140 percent higher than the value of merchandise exports in 2004, adjusted for inflation. The data come from the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Commerce Dept. China continued to widen its lead as…


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January 6, 2015 at 10:36 AM

Welcome to the fragile year

Market moves usually don’t speak with one voice and are best ignored in favor of the fundamentals. But when the stock market pulls a major sell-off, as began Monday and continued today, it’s best to pay attention. The short answer, that stocks have been dragged down by energy shares because of falling oil prices, is too…


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September 3, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Seattle exports hit record high

Merchandise exports from the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area rose 13 percent last year to record $56.7 billion, according to new data from the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. That ranked the area No. 4 nationally behind Houston, New York and Los Angeles. Not surprisingly, Houston’s big showing was heavily powered by oil…


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July 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Washington exports up in 2013 while Northwest flattens

Last week, I reported on how the region’s exports seem to be performing (very well) through May of this year. Now we have the official trade data for last year from the International Trade Administration of the Commerce Department. Washington clocked in $81.6 billion in exports compared with $75.7 billion in 2012. The nearly 8…


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