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May Trade Data Released

Posted By rosannatorres On July 13, 2010 @ 5:55 am In Foreign Trade Data | No Comments

By: Joe Kafchinski

Trade Deficit Increases in May [1]

The Nation’s international trade deficit in goods and services increased to $42.3 billion in May 2010 from $40.3 billion (revised) in April, as imports increased more than exports.  US International Trade in Goods and Services Graph [2]

Exports were up $3.5 billion in May, to $148.7 billion. The increase was mostly accounted for by increases in Capital Goods ($2.0 billion – including items such as industrial machines, medicinal equipment, and generator) and Industrial Supplies ($0.6 billion – including fuel oil, finished metal shapes, and plastic materials).

Imports were up $5.5 billion to $194.5 billion, despite a drop of $2.8 billion in petroleum imports. Crude oil imports alone fell $2.2 billion, to $20.9 billion in May from $23.1 billion. The import increase was led by increases in passenger cars ($1.3 billion), computers ($0.9 billion), and pharmaceutical preparations ($0.7 billion).

The petroleum deficit of $21.5 billion accounted for 50.8% of the goods and services deficit in May [3], the smallest percentage since it was 40.4% in January 2009. Since then, petroleum has accounted for as much as 63.2% of the total trade deficit, in December 2009, when the petroleum deficit was $23.5 billion and the overall deficit was $37.1 billion.

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[1] Trade Deficit Increases in May: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/2010pr/05/

[2] Image: http://globalreach.blogs.census.gov/files/2012/04/6a0120a61b56ed970c0133f240bc4c970b-320pi.gif

[3] 50.8% of the goods and services deficit in May: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/graphs/PetroleumImports.html