Business: Foreign Trade

The Foreign Commerce Department of the Chamber of Commerce of the U. S. last week presented an array of statistical comparisons. It showed that on the 1925 list of U. S. imports, crude rubber stood first. Raw silk, coffee, cane sugar were second, third, fourth. Rubber gained in bulk as well as in value. Its total value imported was $429,705,000, a gain over 1924 of 146.6%. Its tonnage increased only 20.9%. (1924's price averaged 24¢ a pound, 1925's nearly 50¢.)

Raw silk was valued at $396,286,000, a 21% gain. (Rayon, artificial silk, increased 124.7%; silk waste, 64%.)

Coffee was peculiar. Its value went...

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