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Karaoke and Keyboards Key to Musical Gift Giving

  • By Christopher Rogers
  • · November 25, 2016
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U.S. imports of musical instruments fell 2% in the three months to September 30 on a year earlier, suggesting retailers are not expecting it to be a big gift segment this holiday season. Within the sector electronic keyboards increased 6%, with a 19% jump in September alone and a further 6% in October in shipment […]

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Toy Buyers Find These Are The Drones They’re Looking For

  • By Christopher Rogers
  • · November 18, 2016
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Toy imports for October suggest holiday shoppers are not buying regular toys. Total imports fell 1.4% on a year earlier, but this includes a 1.3% growth in high price-point videogames – the remainder fell 1.8% and are down 3% for the July to October period. The growth in imports of drones, which increase 87% on […]

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A Love of Furniture and Europe Drives U.S. October Import Surge

  • By Christopher Rogers
  • · November 11, 2016
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U.S. seaborne imports jumped 6% in October vs. September, or 7% growth on a year earlier. This was the fastest since February, and the fourth straight increase. Imports of furnishings performed best, jumped 10%, while autos climbed 5%. Among non-durables apparel fell 0.4%, while toys managed a meager 0.5% growth ahead of the holidays. Imports […]

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MOLNYKKKK’s Japan Route Dominance, Port Spread May Be Regulatory Risks

  • By Christopher Rogers
  • · November 4, 2016
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The merger of the container shipping assets of Mitsui OSK, NYK and K-Line may require regulatory approval. Panjiva data shows that the combined shippers’ share of U.S.-bound volumes is similar to that of CMA-CGM. There may be concerns about their share of Japan to U.S. west coast (58%) and east coast (68%) routes, as well […]

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Venezuela’s Trade Falters in August as Protests Mount

  • By Christopher Rogers
  • · October 28, 2016
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Protests in Venezuela turn attention once again to the country’s poor trade situation. Despite increasing month over month for five months until July, exports fell 17% in August, and imports fell 10%. Oil exports to China and the U.S. in August were 124% above April’s lows, but fell 6% vs. July, apparently due to lower […]

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Passing Peak Zombie as Potter Prequel Casts Spell

  • By Christopher Rogers
  • · October 21, 2016
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The peak season for Halloween-product imports is largely over with a 3% increase in U.S. seaborne shipments in past three months. Looking at the five months to September 30, imports of decorations increased 6% whereas outfits dropped 16%. We are past peak zombie – imports of such outfits were 10% lower on a year earlier […]

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U.S. Imports Still Growing, but Rate Slowing in September

  • By Christopher Rogers
  • · October 12, 2016
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U.S. seaborne imports fell 11% in September vs. August, but were still 1.3% better than a year earlier. Iron and steel imports broke a 16 month downward streak with a 3% rise, while consumer confidence may be in evidence with furniture imports 3% higher. Toy imports are still struggling, though a 1% drop was slower […]

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U.S. Cups Fill as Coffee Exports Pour in August

  • By Christopher Rogers
  • · October 7, 2016
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Coffee exports jumped 10% on a year earlier in August according to ICO data, led by Vietnam, Peru and Colombia. Preliminary data suggests Peru’s exports may have fallen in September however, by as much as 80% on a year earlier. Brazil’s extended dry spell led to a 7% drop, and there are reports of near-empty […]

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Chainsaw Imports Cut Down, Signs of Fresh Growth

  • By Christopher Rogers
  • · September 30, 2016
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As fall starts, chainsaw imports have normally peaked by July and August. Imports in the past 12 months through July 31 fell 7% in dollar terms, and 6.5% in number of saws, with German imports outpacing those from China in July. Consumers are instead doing more maintenance, with parts imports rising 13% and blades 9% […]

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Less to Unwrap These Holidays as Toy Imports Break

  • By Christopher Rogers
  • · September 23, 2016
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U.S. toy imports in August, which historically are equivalent to 88% of the peak month of October, were 11.5% lower year on year according to Panjiva data. All major categories have fallen, with Star-Wars related items down 49.6% lower and videogames down 15.4%. Among the brands Hasbro is doing best, with 20.6% growth while Disney […]

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