It was business as usual at the U.S. Export-Import Bank Sept. 30, though its charter was set to expire at midnight. The board approved $1.2 billion in loan guarantees to help Air India Ltd. buy jetliners from Boeing Co., part of $3.4 billion in financing it handled that day.
Boeing Co. tapped two of Washington’s highest-paid lobbying firms to help overcome opposition from carriers such as Delta Air Lines Inc. and Tea Party lawmakers in its push to reauthorize and expand the Export-Import Bank.
The Obama administration, facing growing complaints in Washington that it hasn’t persuaded China to increase the value of its currency, filed two trade cases against the world’s largest exporter of goods.
The World Trade Organization wrapped up its ministerial meeting without deciding how to revive global commerce talks, focusing instead on welcoming Russia to the fold and securing a government-procurement accord.