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Expanding variety of goods underscores battle for competitive advantage


  • Shalah M. Mostashari


The variety of goods imported to the U.S. has dramatically increased in the past two decades. This growth reflects a widening circle of nations delivering the same goods to this country. In some cases, the U.S. makes its own version of these products--such as Hershey's chocolate, which is consumed within the U.S. and exported. At the same time, a growing number of competing brands originating from numerous other countries are sold here. ; Such increasing variety of trade has been characteristic of many goods. Analyzing this type of commercial activity helps explain how countries and firms gain a competitive advantage, how they organize their production internationally and how quickly they can expand into new product lines.

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  • Shalah M. Mostashari, 2010. "Expanding variety of goods underscores battle for competitive advantage," Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, vol. 5(dec).
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:feddel:y:2010:i:dec:n:v.5no.15

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