Aug 29, 2018

Trade among G20 nations declines for first time since 2016

Turkish president giving speech at G20 summit

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the July G20 Summit. Photo: Halil Sagirkaya/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Exports of goods among G20 countries shrank 0.6% in the second quarter of 2018, while imports declined 0.9%, according to new data from the OECD.

The big picture: This is the first contraction in international merchandise trade since Q1 of 2016, ending eight consecutive quarters of growth. The slowdown can be attributed in part to the weakening of emerging market currencies against the dollar, including the Argentine peso (down 18%), the Turkish lira (down 15%) and the Brazilian real (down 11%).

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