Skip to comments.U.S. trade deficit in goods drops in March for first time in seven months
Posted on 04/26/2018 7:24:53 AM PDT by mandaladon
The numbers: The trade deficit in goods narrowed 10.3% to $68 billion, according to the governments advanced report released Thursday. This was the first narrowing of the deficit in seven months and came in well below the $73.4 billion estimate of economists polled by MarketWatch.
The governments advanced report on wholesale inventories showed a 0.5% gain in March. And advanced retail inventories fell 0.4%
What happened: Imports fell 2.1% in March and the declines were widespread. Of the major categories, only auto imports rose in the month. Exports rose 2.4% during the month. The narrowing of the deficit in goods points to a smaller overall trade deficit in March.
Big picture: Trade had been expected to be a drag on first-quarter growth because of the jump in imports in January and February, but the sharp narrowing of the deficit in March means that it will at least be much less of a negative. First-quarter GDP data is due on Friday.
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Good news. It’s a start.
Now if these results can be replicated for the remainder of the year, then the US will only have large trade deficit, not a crippling one.
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