Tag: trade deficit

Five Things to Watch in the International Trade Report

Five Things to Watch in the International Trade Report

The Department of Commerce releases its February report on international trade Tuesday morning. It’s rarely been so politically significant. For President Donald Trump, the trade deficit – the amount that imports exceed exports – is a newfound foe, one which his cabinet members have argued poses a distinct threat to national […]

TRADE DEFICIT NARROWS TO END-OF-RECESSION LEVEL OF $35.4 BILLION

TRADE DEFICIT NARROWS TO END-OF-RECESSION LEVEL OF $35.4 BILLION

The U.S. trade deficit plummeted in February to its lowest level in five years as the West Coast labor disputes contributed to depressed imports and exports, and a stronger dollar hindered the global competitiveness of domestic goods. The deficit narrowed by $7.2 billion to $35.4 billion, a 17% decrease from […]

PORTS FIASCO NARROWS TRADE DEFICIT TO $41.8B IN JANUARY

PORTS FIASCO NARROWS TRADE DEFICIT TO $41.8B IN JANUARY

West Coast port labor negotiations and the strengthening dollar helped to shrink the U.S. trade gap in January. The U.S. Department of Commerce reported an 11% decrease in the trade deficit to $41.8 billion from $46.6 billion,  the largest since January 2012. Exports and imports decreased overall, with exports down […]

January trade deficit widens slightly

The United States’ trade deficit slightly rose in January prompting speculation the rest of the year will not fare better. The trade deficit increased slightly to $39.1 billion in January from December’s revised number of $39 billion, the Commerce Department said Friday, despite an increase in exports. Compared to January […]

The Upside to the Widening Trade Deficit

The U.S. trade deficit grew in December and overall in 2011 for the second year in a row, a sign the economy is picking up steam, say economists. From November to December, the trade deficit grew to $48.8 billion from $47.1 billion. Within that gap are signs of economic growth: […]

U.S. Trade Deficit Widened in December

The U.S. trade deficit widened by 6 percent in December, adding up to a record-high annual trade gap with China. The trade gap with China lessened by 19.1 percent in December to $20.7 billion. But the total annual deficit last year added up to the largest deficit the U.S. ever […]