Trendspotting: The Q1 Report Is Now Available

  • By Josh Green
  • · May 30, 2012
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The latest Quarterly Trendspotting Report is now available!  The report contains a quantitative analysis of the macro trends shaping global trade during Q1.  This report draws on Trendspotting, our intelligence tool which helps sourcing executives figure out which geographies are trending “hot” for the products they seek across the globe.

The report provides a clear view of how some of the most rapidly changing product categories performed relative to the same quarter one year prior:

  • The U.S. continues to import a lot of portable computers, cars, oil and flat screen tv’s.  New this quarter: steel for oil or gas pipelines.
  • On the flip side, the U.S. is importing less cardiovascular medicine.  We have no idea why.
  • Growing U.S. export categories include: portable computers, airplanes (and related equipment), fuel for airplanes, and cars.

Geographic observations:

  • Don’t believe the hype.  The U.S. is still importing a ton from China.  NAFTA counties and Saudia Arabia were also big winners in Q1.
  • NAFTA countries and the U.A.E. surged as buyers of U.S. exports.   Turkey bought a lot less, and interestingly Egypt did too.

Enjoy.

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