European manufacturers including Daimler, Volvo and Renault could be hit with fines surpassing the EU record 1.4 billion euro (U.S. $1.6 billion) penalty imposed in 2012 over television-tube price fixing, according to a report from the Financial Times.
Industrial production in South Korea fell more than economists expected as weak exports and corporate restructuring of shipbuilders continue to hurt demand and business sentiment.
United States GDP grew slightly more than initially expected in the first quarter of 2016, and durable goods orders ticked up in April, according to the most recent data from the Department of Commerce.
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The 4,650-TEU Safmarine Meru, the first ship on the 2M Alliance's new TP18/Lone Star Express service, had only 400 containers on board, while the other ship, the Northern Jasper, was off-hire, according to Maersk Line officials.
The French ocean carrier transported 2.9 percent more containers, but saw the average freight rate tumble 17.6 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2015.
The proposed alliance would become a dominant player in the three major east-west trades, beating out total capacity currently offered by the 2M Alliance on those trade lanes, according to an analysis from BlueWater Reporting.