Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Trade Deficit increases to $40.2 Billion in December

by Bill McBride on 2/10/2010 08:49:00 AM

The Census Bureau reports:

[T]otal December exports of $142.7 billion and imports of $182.9 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $40.2 billion, up from $36.4 billion in November, revised. December exports were $4.6 billion more than November exports of $138.1 billion. December imports were $8.4 billion more than November imports of $174.5 billion.
U.S. Trade Exports Imports Click on graph for larger image.

The first graph shows the monthly U.S. exports and imports in dollars through December 2009.

Both imports and exports increased in December. On a year-over-year basis, exports are up 7.4% and imports are up 4.6%. This is an easy comparison because of the collapse in trade at the end of 2008.

The second graph shows the U.S. trade deficit, with and without petroleum, through December.

U.S. Trade Deficit The blue line is the total deficit, and the black line is the petroleum deficit, and the red line is the trade deficit ex-petroleum products.

Import oil prices increased to $73.20 in December - up 87% from the low in February (at $39.22). Oil import volumes were up sharply in December.

Overall trade continues to increase, although both imports and exports are still below the pre-financial crisis levels.

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