| May 6, 2014
| 11:57 AM
The U.S. trade deficit shrunk in March as exports rebounded, a sign that U.S. growth may gain steam after a humdrum winter.
The gap dropped 3.6% to $40.4 billion, down from $41.9 billion in February, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. After inflation...
| Apr 21, 2014
Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement are arguing that its fate rests on President Obama's bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this week. If Japan and the United States can sort out...
| Jan 30, 2014
In his State of the Union message, President Obama suggested apprenticeships, tax reductions on new investments, and building new infrastructure as ways to increase jobs and reduce inequality in America.
But he said virtually nothing about what is...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 2:17 PM
Our American wine market is like Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities," the best of worlds as well as the worst of worlds. On no other country's retail shelves are we faced with so many other countries' wines. That's thrilling — and it's daunting.
| Dec 28, 2013
Since the 19th century, French Champagne producers have skillfully cultivated an image of full-tilt glamour and luxury, spending millions promoting their brands. That would include sponsoring athletic competitions, society events and the $400,000 in...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 5:07 PM
WASHINGTON — Rising American exports and surging energy production at home are narrowing the nation's typically large trade deficit, lifting the growth prospects for the economy and the job market.
For the second straight month, American exports...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 6:00 AM
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are like the Coke and Pepsi of U.S. maritime transportation.
They seem similar, they dominate the competition but they have a long history of less-than-friendly rivalry. Now, an independent commission's proposal...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 3:26 PM
Famed Berkeley wine importer Kermit Lynch is making the rounds in southern California starting next weekend to promote the 25th anniversary edition of “Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France.” The book, first...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 3:03 PM
Steve Cibor loaded his Ford Explorer with a few samples of Tibetan rugs and drove for days along the East Coast in 1994, trying to persuade retailers to sell the expensive hand-woven pieces.
"Nobody bought it — but they gave me ideas," Cibor said....
| Oct 10, 2011
| 12:36 PM
The China currency bill is the most significant jobs bill Congress could pass. It enjoys the bipartisan support of nearly 80 Republican and Democratic senators, yet President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner oppose it, illustrating that both...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 11:32 AM
More than 70 percent of the oil used in the United States is for transportation. If we want to reduce oil imports and address the trade deficit, we need to find ways to make our cars and trucks more efficient and run on cleaner fuels. Such opportunities...