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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Trade Deficit decreased in June to $41.5 Billion

by Calculated Risk on 8/06/2014 08:30:00 AM

The Department of Commerce reported:

[T]otal June exports of $195.9 billion and imports of $237.4 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $41.5 billion, down from $44.7 billion in May, revised. June exports were $0.3 billion more than May exports of $195.6 billion. June imports were $2.9 billion less than May imports of $240.3 billion.
The trade deficit was smaller than the consensus forecast of $45.0 billion.

The first graph shows the monthly U.S. exports and imports in dollars through June 2014.

U.S. Trade Exports Imports Click on graph for larger image.

Imports decreased and exports increased in June.  

Exports are 18% above the pre-recession peak and up 3% compared to June 2013; imports are about 2% above the pre-recession peak, and up about 5% compared to June 2013. 

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

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.

Oil imports averaged $96.41 in June, up from $96.12 in May, and down from $96.87 in June 2013.  The petroleum deficit has generally been declining and is the major reason the overall deficit has declined since early 2012.

The trade deficit with China increased to $30.1 billion in June, from $26.7 billion in June 2013.