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ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE and Trade Partnership Worldwide, the elimination of NAFTA without a trade agreement replacement would impact the local and U.S. economy severely. / COURTESY BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE

Report: Ending NAFTA would hurt R.I. economy

PROVIDENCE – Eliminating the North American Free Trade agreement without a replacement would have a significant negative impact on the Rhode Island economy, according...
CONSUMER SPENDING and business investment in equipment blunted the negative effects of a growing trade deficit and a drop in the value of inventory in the fourth quarter. / BLOOMBERG NEWS

U.S. GDP grows below-forecast 2.6% on trade, inventory drags

WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy expanded at a slower-than-projected pace in the fourth quarter on drags from trade and inventories, offsetting strength in consumer spending...
FOREIGN BENEFIT: Rhode Island’s application to expand its foreign trade zone in the state, which includes the Port of Davisville where North Atlantic Distribution imports automobiles, is likely to improve the reach of Ocean State businesses overseas.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Foreign trade zone expansion a good sign for R.I.’s economy

In many ways, Rhode Island’s petite geography is a dual-edged sword.On the one hand, it doesn’t take long to get to Newport or Providence...
PASSENGER TRAFFIC at T.F. Green Airport increased 18.6 percent in October while the amount of cargo processed through the airport increased 73.6 percent year over year. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Traffic’s up at T.F. Green, while cargo processing skyrockets

WARWICK – Traffic at T.F. Green Airport increased 18.6 percent year over year in October, according to the R.I. Airport Corp.’s monthly airport passenger...
A DENTAL mold is seen on a table during a tour of Glidewell Dental located in Newport Beach, Calif. Implants, crowns and bridges made in places like China and Mexico compose as much as 40 percent of the $8.5 billion U.S. market for dental restorations. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/TROY HARVEY

Your imported teeth are a battlefield as Trump takes on trade

NEW YORK - To get a feel for what’s at stake in the U.S. trade debate, run your tongue over your molars.Implants, crowns and bridges...
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