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More Trade and Investment Data Available Via New Commerce Dept. App

Monday, May 11, 2015
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The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis released on its website May 4 the International Trade and Investment Country Facts application, which provides information on U.S. trade in goods and services, direct investment and the activities of multinational enterprises for individual countries and country groupings. Users select a country from an interactive world map or a searchable menu, and the application generates a country factsheet with graphs and tables showing the latest data on U.S. trade and investment with that country. The application also generates data tables containing more detailed statistics that can be downloaded in Excel format.

Trade in goods. The application includes all tangible commodities, which may be in the form of raw materials, intermediate products or final products, that are sold, exchanged, donated or otherwise transferred from U.S. residents to residents of other countries and vice versa. Major statistical categories include foods, feeds, and beverages; industrial supplies and materials; capital goods except automotive; automotive vehicles, parts and engines; consumer goods except food; other general merchandise; net exports of goods under merchanting; and non-monetary gold.

Trade in services. The application includes all sales and transfers of services by U.S. residents to residents of other countries and vice versa. Major statistical categories include maintenance and repair services; transport and travel services; insurance services; financial services; charges for the use of intellectual property; telecommunications, computer and information services; other business services; and government goods and services.

Direct investment. The application includes statistics on U.S. direct investment abroad and foreign direct investment in the United States. Direct investment is the ownership or control by an entity resident in one economy of 10 percent or more of a business enterprise resident in another economy. Major statistical categories include investment positions (stocks), income and financial transactions (flows), with financial transactions broken down into equity, reinvestment of earnings and debt instruments. These statistics are presented by country of affiliate/investor and by industry of affiliate.

Activities of multinational enterprises. The application includes statistics related to the operations and finances of foreign affiliates of U.S. MNEs and U.S. affiliates of foreign MNEs. These statistics cover items that are needed in analyzing the characteristics, performance and economic impact of MNEs, such as sales, employment, capital expenditures, balance sheets, research and development, and value added. These statistics are presented by country of affiliate/investor and by industry of affiliate.

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