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In the booming arms trade, it’s America first

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Report. The death industry is booming, and US weapons sales are outpacing the rest of the world in growth. Worldwide arms sales rose 8% between 2009 and 2013, according to the latest data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

written by Luciano Bertozzi

March 19, 2019

The United States is still at the top of the world’s arms sellers, with 36% of the total market share for the 2014-18 period. Its main customers are, in descending order, Saudi Arabia, Australia and the UAE.

These numbers were published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a prestigious Swedish institute conducting research into global peace. In the top of arms sellers, the US is followed by Russia with 21%, which exports its arms mainly to Egypt, India and Algeria; France, with 7% of the total, which exported mainly to Egypt, India and Saudi Arabia; Germany with 6.4%; and China with 5.2%. The UK ranks sixth with 4.2%, selling arms mostly to Saudi Arabia, Oman and Indonesia.

Compared to the previous period, the data show a significant increase in US arms sales, a decline in those of Russia and a strong growth in French arms exports. In this unflattering ranking, Italy is........

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