Commerce Dept. Reports Improvement in Palestine Trade

Business in Palestine, set back severely by the Arab general strike last year, has improved considerably since the end of the strike in October, according to a report from United States Consul Albert W. Scott, in Jerusalem, published in the Department of Commerce weekly Commerce Reports.

The number of tourists and immigrants during the first 11 months of 1936 dropped to about half that of the previous year, Mr. Scott said. The tourist decline, he said, was keenly felt in domestic trade, while the fall in the number of immigrants accounted for a sharp decrease in new capital.

During the first ten months of 1936 imports declined 25 percent as against 1935, to £P11,045,000 against £P14,722,000, while experts dropped 28 per cent, to £P2,544,000 against £P3,529,000. Imports from the United States during the period amount to £P823,080, against £P1,279,000, and experts were £P16,780 against £P12,940. The largest decline was in automobiles.

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