Skip to main content

The Journal Gazette

Sunday, February 11, 2018 1:00 am

briefs

Data show arrivals to US decline

News services

The latest government statistics on international arrivals to the U.S. shows they continued to slide through last summer.

Nonresident international visitors to the U.S. decreased more than 1 percent in August 2017 compared with August 2016.

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Travel and Tourism Office released the data Thursday.

Visitors from Mexico were down over 2 percent in August 2017 compared with August 2016. Canadians provided a bright spot: up nearly 4 percent, while visitors from other countries were down nearly 4 percent.

Nonresident international arrivals totaled nearly 49 million January through August 2017, an overall decrease of nearly 4 percent compared with the first eight months of 2016.

China solar panel maker targets India

One of China's biggest makers of solar panels plans to invest $309 million to expand manufacturing in India in a move to guard against what it complained is a rising threat of import controls in the United States and other markets.

Longi Solar Technology Ltd.'s announcement follows the Trump administration's Jan. 24 decision to impose an extra 30 percent duty on imported solar modules.

The U.S., Europe and other non-Chinese markets account for only 10 percent of Longi's sales, according to its strategy director, Max Xia.

India fines Google in antitrust dispute

India's antitrust watchdog said Google abused its position as the dominant search engine in the country to create a search bias in favor of its own services and those of its partners.

The Competition Commission of India said in a statement Thursday it was imposing a fine of $21 million on Google along with a warning to desist from unfair practices.

According to the complaints, Google manipulated search results to promote its own and partner services.

Sunoco to pay fine for pipeline issues

Sunoco agreed to a $12.6 million fine over problems with a massive natural gas pipeline project, but work will resume under a consent agreement, Pennsylvania regulators said.

The Department of Environmental Protection said last week Sunoco Pipeline has made changes since work on the $2.5 billion, 350-mile project has been plagued by spills and leaks of drilling fluid and improper construction methods.