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Thursday, February 6, 2014

December 2013 International Trade (General)

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Total December exports of $191.3 billion and imports of $230.0 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $38.7 billion, up from $34.6 billion in November. December exports were $3.5 billion less than November exports of $194.8 billion. December imports were $0.6 billion more than November imports of $229.4 billion.
In December, the goods deficit increased $4.6 billion from November to $58.8 billion, and the services surplus increased $0.4 billion from November to $20.1 billion. Exports of goods decreased $4.3 billion to $132.8 billion, and imports of goods increased $0.3 billion to $191.6 billion. Exports of services increased $0.8 billion to $58.5 billion, and imports of services increased $0.3 billion to $38.4 billion.
The goods and services deficit increased $0.4 billion from December 2012 to December 2013. Exports were up $2.6 billion, or 1.4 percent, and imports were up $3.0 billion, or 1.3 percent.
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On a global scale, data compiled by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis showed that world trade volume increased by 0.2 percent in November while prices fell by 1.2 percent.
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