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Iran invites Boeing to Tehran for aircraft deal

Iran has invited Boeing to Tehran to negotiate a possible aircraft purchase, just after the country signed a major deal with its rival Airbus, Iran’s state television reported.


U.S. trade gap widens to $45.7 billion in January

The U.S. trade deficit rose in January as American exports fell for a fourth straight month.


Mexico government says it won’t pay for Trump wall

The Mexican government has made his first direct response to Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall along the two countries’ border – and make Mexico pay for it.


U.S. factory orders up 1.6 percent, best in 7 months

Orders to U.S. factories increased in January by the most in seven months, while a key category that tracks business investment plans rose by the largest amount in 19 months.


U.S. manufacturing shrinks for fifth straight month

WASHINGTON – Factory activity in the United States and China – the world’s top two economies – slowed in February, reflecting and contributing to worldwide economic weakness. In the United …


Fix for Portland shipping proposed by ex-Oregon lawmaker

A former Oregon legislator and one-time gubernatorial candidate has proposed creating a shipping authority to help restore shipping business to Portland.


US, Cuba sign deal on commercial flights

The United States and Cuba have signed an agreement to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating …


Federal budget in black for January

The federal government recorded a budget surplus in January of $55.2 billion, helped by a timing quirk that shifted benefit payments to December.


US exports fell in 2015 for first time since recession

The U.S. trade deficit rose in December as American exports fell for a third straight month, reflecting the pressures of a stronger dollar and spreading global weakness. Those factors contributed …


Editorial: TPP a boon to Washington

The Trans-Pacific Partnership removes trade barriers and opens new markets. It could also boost wages overseas and at home.


Asia-Pacific region trade pact signed

President Barack Obama is applauding the signing of an ambitious free trade agreement among 12 countries that he says would support jobs in the United States.


France to U.S.: Lift economic embargo on Cuba

France called on the U.S. to lift the economic embargo against Cuba during a historic state visit Monday by the Caribbean island’s president aimed at boosting economic relations between Havana …


Froma Harrop: The left is wrong on fast-track trade issue

The left’s success in denying President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ugly to behold. The case put forth by a showboating Sen. Elizabeth Warren – …


Robert J. Samuelson: Trans-Pacific Partnership about more than trade

The trouble with our trade debates is that people assume they’re only about economics. Since World War II, U.S. trade policy has also been a pillar of U.S. foreign policy. …


Spin Control: Misunderstanding and the case of the dropped ‘S’

OLYMPIA – The Capitol environs are replete with acronyms. Agencies are known by three-letter describers and programs are rarely mentioned by their full names. But last week’s Senate hearing into …


Washington laments loss of ag trade with Cuba

HAVANA –The aisle of a Havana grocery store is lined with shelf after shelf of cheddar-flavored Pringles. At the deli counter, there are dozens of boxes of frozen fish sticks. …


Kansas farmer sues Monsanto over GMO wheat

A Kansas farmer has sued seed giant Monsanto over last week’s discovery of genetically engineered experimental wheat in an 80-acre field in Oregon, claiming the company’s gross negligence hurt U.S. …


USDA: Unapproved GMO wheat in Oregon field

Unapproved genetically engineered wheat has been discovered in an Oregon field, a potential threat to trade with countries that have concerns about genetically modified foods.


US trade panel finds harm from China solar panels

WASHINGTON — A federal trade panel found China responsible today for harming the U.S. solar panel industry, clearing the final hurdle for U.S. attempts to impose steep tariffs on Chinese …


Washington potatoes headed to South Korea

OLYMPIA – As a Washington delegation wrapped up a trade mission in Asia this week, the United States and South Korea worked out a deal on the export of one …


US accuses China over duties on auto exports

WASHINGTON — The United States launched a trade complaint today against China at the World Trade Organization, accusing Beijing of unfairly imposing duties on more than $3 billion in exports …


Gregoire plans trade mission

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire will be leaving next month for a weeklong trade mission to Ireland and England. Gregoire announced Wednesday she would be leading a delegation of more …


Gregoire plugs spuds in China, Vietnam

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is asking diners in Asia if they want fries with that.


EU to appeal ruling by WTO on Airbus

GENEVA – The European Union will appeal today a landmark trade ruling that found it gave planemaker Airbus a wide range of illegal subsidies in its battle with U.S. competitor …


Editorial: Pentagon can’t ignore trade ruling on Airbus

Now that the World Trade Organization has ruled that European airplane maker Airbus has unfairly benefited from four decades of government subsidies, all of the players in the long-running drama …


Illegal Airbus subsidies hurt Boeing, WTO rules

WASHINGTON – With control of the $3 trillion global commercial airplane market up for grabs, the World Trade Organization ruled Wednesday that four European governments had provided illegal subsidies over …


Obama, Verner talk trade

Spokane’s mayor on Thursday got a brief audience with President Barack Obama at the White House. Mary Verner was one of about a half dozen mayors Obama picked to ask …


Steel trade ruling backs U.S. industry

WASHINGTON – The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that a surge of subsidized Chinese steel has harmed or threatens to harm the U.S. industry, in one of the largest …


Exporters get boost

Companies that ship coal, chemicals, soft drinks and purses to emerging markets like India and China appear to be snapping out of the recession faster than those that are closely …


Locke urges China trade balance

China must avoid unfair practices to bring more balance in trade with the United States, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said Friday.