Pre-Trump Era Lows in Export Sentiment Shows Potency of Global Slowdown — Panjiva


Pre-Trump Era Lows in Export Sentiment Shows Potency of Global Slowdown

Business Sentiment 140 China 1758 Germany 162 U.S. 3297

U.S. business sentiment towards trade underwent a marked worsening in March with import expectations reaching their lowest since Jan. 2017. With declining orders for furniture and computer parts that would suggest tariff-related import cuts are continuing. A drop in export sentiment to 51.7 from 52.9 (50 represents a neutral outlook) brought the reading to the lowest since Oct. 2016. That suggests U.S. businesses are finally succumbing to a global slowdown in trade that has been shown by persistently negative Chinese sentiment and a worsening outlook in Germany ahead of Brexit.

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