FRANCE: Trade Gaining

French foreign trade statistics for the first six months of the present year show an increase for imports and exports of 10% over the figures for the first half of 1913, and 40% over those for the corresponding period last year. The fact is all the more remarkable considering that France was able to buy quantities of British coal during this period without increasing her adverse trade balance of about 500,000,000 francs ($29,375,000).

IMPORT FIGURES

1923 14,689,459,000 francs

1922 10,635,521,000

1923 increase. . , 4,053,938,000

EXPORT FIGURES

1923...

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