According to preliminary estimates by UNCTAD and WTO, in the first quarter of 2014, world exports of services rose by 7%, as compared with the same quarter of the year before (balance-of-payments basis, current prices).
Estimates of global international trade for 2013 are published today. These statistics cover annual and quarterly merchandise and services transactions - up to q4 2013. Furthermore, seasonally adjusted quarterly statistics are now available for the volume of international merchandise commerce.
Sound data on foreign direct investment (FDI) is an essential tool for research and policy analysis, and a basis for policy formulation, implementation and assessment. This publication is a major effort by UNCTAD to fill a large gap in FDI statistics.