Thursday, September 10, 2009

Trade Deficit Increases in July

by Calculated Risk on 9/10/2009 08:46:00 AM

The Census Bureau reports:

The ... total July exports of $127.6 billion and imports of $159.6 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $32.0 billion, up from $27.5 billion in June, revised.
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 July 2009.

Imports were up again in July, and exports also increased. On a year-over-year basis, exports are off 22% and imports are off 30%.

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

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 $62.48 in July - up about 50% from the prices in February (at $39.22) - and the fifth monthly increase in a row. Import oil prices will probably rise further in August.

It appears the cliff diving for U.S. trade might be over, although recent port data shows some weakness in traffic.