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Sunday, December 7, 2014

October 2014 International Trade (General)

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The goods and services deficit was $43.4 billion in October, down $0.2 billion from $43.6 billion in September. October exports were $197.5 billion, $2.3 billion more than September exports. October imports were $241.0 billion, $2.1 billion more than September imports.
The October decrease in the goods and services deficit reflected a decrease in the goods deficit of less than $0.1 billion to $62.7 billion and an increase in the services surplus of $0.1 billion to $19.2 billion.
Year-to-date, the goods and services deficit increased $20.5 billion, or 5.1%, from the same period in 2013. Exports increased $57.8 billion or 3.1%. Imports increased $78.3 billion or 3.4%. 
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On a global scale, data compiled by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis showed that world trade volume decreased by 1.9% in September (from the prior month) while prices fell by 1.6%. It is interesting to compare those data points against shipping container counts (which are a good metric for gauging economic activity). “Export container counts continue to weaken,” wrote analyst Steven Hansen, “which is a warning that the global economy is slowing. Export three month rolling averages continue to decelerate -- being in negative territory year-over-year. This is a headwind for 4Q2014 GDP."
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