Suddenly, Services Aren't Such World Beaters

The Japanese have their electronics, the Germans their engineering. But when it comes to command of global markets, the U.S. owns the service sector. It's the world leader in exporting everything from data security to crowd control. Such global supremacy allowed exports of U.S. services to grow at a double-digit annual clip as recently as 1991--one of the few bright spots in the U.S. trade picture.

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