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AVTECH SOFTWARE INC. is among three companies confirmed for a United Kingdom trade mission in September. Above, Rich Grundy, right, president of AVTECH Software, talks about the company’s new Active Power Sensor with Marketing Manager Russel Benoit, left, and company founder and CEO Michael Sigourney. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. trade mission to U.K. set for Sept.

PROVIDENCE – A trade mission for Rhode Island companies to visit Scotland and northern England, organized by the John H. Chafee Center for International...
THE TRADE CONFLICT between the United States and China, the two largest economies in the world, appears to be easing. Shipping containers stand in a terminal at the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai in March. / QILAI SHEN/BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO

Trump weighs rejoining TPP as he tones down China trade threat

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump told lawmakers he is considering rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the free-trade deal he withdrew from shortly after taking office,...

U.S. stocks pare decline as trade concerns ease

NEW YORK – U.S. stocks erased deep losses as White House officials left open the possibility that President Donald Trump’s tariff proposals will spare neighbors...
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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