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Metro area becoming export powerhouse, up 13 percent

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The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration says new export data shows the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area's merchandise exports increased by $3 billion -- 12.9 percent between 2010 and 2011 -- growing from $23.2 billion to $26.2 billion.

This impressive growth has put the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) into a select group of 11 nationwide MSAs which exported at least $25 billion in merchandise exports last year.

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