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Weak Dollar Fuels China’s Buying Spree Of U.S. Firms

December 13, 2008

his posh office in a coastal city in eastern China, millionaire Zhou Jiaru oversees more than 100 workers at an auto parts refurbishing factory he purchased in a struggling manufacturing town on the other side of the world.

Zhou’s new company is in Spartanburg, S.C.

The Chinese entrepreneur bought it from Richard Lovely, a 56-year-old industrial engineer and mechanic who says his business was in dire straits because of competition from abroad.

 

By Ariana Eunjung Cha
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, January 28, 2008; Page A01 

Zhou’s 85 percent stake in the company now known as GSP North America is one example of how the weak dollar and weakening U.S. economy have made the United States a bargain for overseas companies shopping for investments.

In 2007, acquisitions in the United States by foreign ventures hit $407 billion, up 93 percent from the previous year, according to Thomson Financial. The top countries investing were Canada, Britain and Germany; the Middle East and Asia — especially China — are quickly catching up.

The biggest deals in recent months have involved Wall Street firms hit by losses from exposure to mortgage-related investment vehicles.

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/01/27/AR2008012702380.html?wprss=rss_world%2Fnorthamerica

Economy Shrinking: Expects More Gloomy Retail, Inventory Data

December 12, 2008

The government is expected to provide fresh evidence Friday that retailers are taking a hit as consumers continue to pull back amid what appears to be a deepening recession.

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

Wall Street economists expect retail sales in November fell 1.9 percent, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.

That would be an improvement over October’s record 2.8 percent drop, but still the fifth straight monthly decline reported by the Commerce Department.

The report comes a day after the Labor Department said initial jobless claims rose to the highest level in 26 years, though the work force has grown by about half over that time.

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