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1World Bank national accounts data, as of 12/2017.

2World Bank national accounts data, and OECD National Accounts data files, as of 12/2017.

3OECD National Accounts data files, as of 12/2017.

4World Bank national accounts data, as of 12/2017.

5Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce using data from the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

6Source: World Trade Organization.

7Source: International Trade Administration.

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