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Merchandise trade growth stalls in most major economies in third quarter of 2011

Thursday, 01 December 2011 | 11:00
Merchandise trade growth slowed strongly in most major economies in the third quarter of 2011. Total imports of G7 and BRICS countries contracted by 1% in the third quarter, compared to 4.2% growth in the previous quarter. Total export growth slowed to 1%, compared to 4.6% in the previous quarter.
Merchandise trade contracted in all major European economies, with falls in both exports and imports recorded in Germany, France, the UK and Italy. In the United States, imports contracted by 2.7% and export growth slowed to 2.5%, compared to 3.6% in the previous quarter. Export growth in China slowed sharply to 3.2% compared to 10.1% in the previous quarter while import growth accelerated slightly to 2.8% compared to 0.9% in the previous quarter.
In Japan merchandise trade increased strongly partly due to a technical rebound after the earthquake disaster. Exports also grew strongly in Canada but import growth stalled. Merchandise trade also stalled in Brazil, India, Russia, and South Africa.
Source: OECD
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