US trade gap narrows as imports fall amid China conflict

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in October as imports fell faster than exports. The politically sensitive trade gap with China dropped. The Commerce Department said...

Trump against the world: A snapshot of his trade disputes

WASHINGTON (AP) — There are lots of ways, it seems, to land on one of President Donald Trump’s tariff hit lists. Countries can allegedly steal U.S. trade secrets. Or they can introdu...

Forever war: US and China struggle to defuse trade conflict

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses and investors have been nervously monitoring U.S.-China trade talks for months, hoping the world’s two biggest economies can de-escalate their trade war and restore some p...

US proposes tariffs on up to $2.4 billion in French imports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing tariffs on up to $2.4 billion worth of French imports — from Roquefort cheese to handbags — in retaliation for France’s tax on American tech gia...

Pelosi says agreement on revamped NAFTA ‘imminent’

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she wants to see Congress pass President Donald Trump’s revamped North American free trade deal this year. In a news conference Thur...

Hopes for US-China trade talks rise before Trump meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sounded upbeat ahead of a meeting he plans to hold later Friday with China's top trade negotiator, offering renewed hope that the world's two biggest economies...

US trade deficit widened in August to $54.9 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit widened in August for the first time in three months as exports increased but imports increased more. The politically sensitive gap with China in the trade of ...

Friendly fire: In trade fights, Trump targets US allies, too

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has risked turmoil in the financial markets and damage to the U.S. economy in waging his trade war with China, America's top strategic rival. ...

US Treasury Department labels China a currency manipulator

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department labeled China a currency manipulator Monday after Beijing pushed down the value of its yuan in a dramatic escalation of the trade conflict between ...

IMF sees a weaker global economy but upgrades US forecast

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is downgrading its outlook for the world economy because of simmering international trade tensions. But at the same time, the fund i...

Trump administration blasts WTO ruling on China

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is blasting a World Trade Organization decision that could let China levy sanctions on the United States. The WTO ruling was actually a mix...

Trump accuses China of foot-dragging on farm purchases

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing China of "letting us down" by not promptly buying more U.S. farm products. "They have not been buying the agricultural products f...

Trump trade representative to investigate French tech tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is launching an investigation into France's proposed tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook — a move that could lead to U.S. taxes on French imports....

US services companies grow more slowly in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services companies grew at a slower pace in June as the pace of hiring, orders and production decelerated. The Institute for Supply Management, an association ...

Possible outcome of Trump-Xi meeting: A truce in trade war

WASHINGTON (AP) — American businesses are bracing for a painful escalation in President Donald Trump's trade war with China. Yet they might just get a reprieve. If history repeats itse...