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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Trade Deficit Increases Slightly in April

by Calculated Risk on 6/10/2009 08:43:00 AM

The Census Bureau reports:

The ... total April exports of $121.1 billion and imports of $150.3 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $29.2 billion, up from $28.5 billion in March, revised. April exports were $2.8 billon less than March exports of $123.9 billion. April imports were $2.2 billion less than March imports of $152.5 billion.
U.S. Trade Deficit Click on graph for larger image.

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

Both imports and exports declined again in April. On a year-over-year basis, exports are off 21% and imports are off 31%!

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

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 slightly to $46.60 in April - the second monthly increase in a row - and following eight consecutive monthly declines. Spot prices have increased sharply since April, so the decline in the trade deficit due to lower oil prices is over for now.