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Trade deficit unchanged in August

Posted By rosannatorres On October 13, 2011 @ 5:55 am In Foreign Trade Data | No Comments

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U.S. Trade in August

By: Janet Freas

The Nation’s international trade deficit in goods and services was virtually unchanged at $45.6 billion in August, as exports and imports decreased. Exports decreased to $177.6 billion in August from $177.7 billion in July (revised), and imports decreased to $223.2 billion in August from $223.3 billion in July.

Even though August’s trade activity was flat, there were some noteworthy highlights [2].  August exports of services ($50.9 billion) were the highest on record, boosting the surplus of services ($15.8 billion) to its highest on record.

Trade of goods on a Census Basis (seasonally adjusted) saw record highs in August.  Exports of goods ($125.4 billion), petroleum exports ($10.3 billion), and exports to Mexico ($17.8 billion) were the highest on record.

China [3]Imports from China continue to increase; August imports from China increased $2.2 billion to $37.4 billion, resulting in both an import record and deficit ($29.0 billion) record high.  In August, China was the U.S.’s largest importer, the second largest total trading partner ($45.8 billion); and third largest exporting trading partner ($8.4 billion). (See top trading partners [4].)

August imports from China consisted primarily of computers; other household goods; toys, games, and sporting goods; computer accessories; nonwool or cotton apparel and textiles; and footwear.

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[1] Image: http://globalreach.blogs.census.gov/files/2012/04/6a0120a61b56ed970c01543618d9b3970c-320wi.jpg

[2] some noteworthy highlights: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/monthly.html

[3] Image: http://globalreach.blogs.census.gov/files/2012/04/6a0120a61b56ed970c01543618d946970c-320wi.png

[4] See top trading partners: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/top/index.html