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Exports, Imports Both Fall as Trade Deficit Climbs

Exports, Imports Both Fall as Trade Deficit Climbs

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The monthly U.S. trade deficit in goods and services rose 2.9 percent in May to $41.9 billion, according to trade statistics released July 7 by the Department of Commerce.

Total Imports and Exports. Imports were virtually unchanged in May at $230.5 billion while exports fell 0.8 percent to $188.6 billion. The year-to-date deficit was up 0.5 percent from a year earlier as exports fell 2.7 percent and imports dropped 2.2 percent.

Goods. The goods deficit grew by 2.0 percent to $61.5 billion. Imports of goods edged downward to $189.2 billion, with decreases of $800 million in drilling and oilfield equipment, $400 million in crude oil and $300 million in organic chemicals. Exports of goods totaled $127.7 billion, down 1.0 percent, including a $1.2 billion decrease in civilian aircraft but a $500 million increase in fuel oil and another $500 million rise in other petroleum products.

Services. The services surplus saw little movement and totaled $19.6 billion. Imports and exports both saw small increases and totaled $41.2 billion and $60.9 billion, respectively.

Country/Region Deficit $billion % Change Surplus $billion % Change
China 30.6 +11.3
European Union 13.4 +12.6
Japan 6.4 -4.5
Germany 6.4 +8.5
Mexico 4.1 -2.3
Italy 2.5 +13.6
South Korea 2.4 +14.3
India 2.0 +33.3
France 1.5 +36.4
Saudi Arabia 0.4 +300
United Kingdom 0.1 -90
Canada 0.2 n/a
South/Central America 4.2 +40
Brazil 0.9 +12.5