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WTO Gauge of Services Trade Shows Broad First-Quarter Slowdown

WTO Gauge of Services Trade Shows Broad First-Quarter Slowdown
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Monday, 16 September 2019 05:54 PM

Global trade in services slowed during the first quarter of 2019, according to a new World Trade Organization report.

The report describes a “broad loss in momentum” among various services sectors like finance, technology, tourism and transportation.

The index stood at 98.4, below the baseline of 100, “suggesting that services trade continued to face strong headwinds leading into the second half of the year,” the Geneva-based organization said in a statement.

Services have generally held up better than goods trade because the latter is more directly affected by recent tariff tensions, the WTO said in the first release of the services trade indicator.

The WTO has already slashed its global trade growth projection for 2019 to the lowest level in three years, citing the impact of rising commercial tensions and tariffs. The WTO previously has said world merchandise trade growth will slow to 2.6% this year and 3% next year, after notching 3% in 2018.

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