Trade Deficit Expands to $74.60B

The U.S. international trade in goods and services, also known as the FT-900, is published monthly by the Bureau of Economic Analysis with data going back to 1992. The monthly reports include revisions that go back several months. This trade balance measures the difference in value between imported and exported goods and services.

Here is an excerpt from the latest report:

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit increased in April 2023 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit increased from $60.6 billion in March (revised) to $74.6 billion in April as exports decreased and imports increased. The goods deficit increased $14.5 billion in April to $96.1 billion. The services surplus increased $0.6 billion in April to $21.6 billion.

In April, the U.S. trade deficit expanded by 23.0% from March to $74.60B. The latest reading was smaller than the -$75.20B forecast. The deficit has shrunk by 13.3% compared to one year ago but is the largest gap the trade balance has seen in the last 6 months.

Trade Deficit

This indicator is somewhat volatile, with an 8.7% absolute average monthly change. The latest data point saw a 23.0% month-over-month change. Here is a snapshot that gives a better sense of the extreme volatility of this indicator.

Trade Deficit

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