American trade deficit heads north to six-month maximum

American trade deficit heads north to six-month maximum


In August, the American trade deficit rallied to a six-month maximum because exports slipped further in the face of slumping soybean shipments as well as imports reaching a record maximum, dropping a hint that trade could put pressure on economic rally in the third quarter.

On Friday, the Commerce Department revealed that the trade gap gained 6.4% reaching $53.2 billion, extending for a third straight month. July’s data was updated to disclose the trade deficit soaring to $50.0 billion versus the previously posted $50.1 billion.

The politically sensitive products trade deficit with China headed north by up to 4.7% hitting a record maximum of $38.6 billion.

Market experts interviewed by reporters had hoped the overall trade deficit would extend to about $53.5 billion in August.

The trade gap keeps widening notwithstanding the Trump administration's "America First" stance that has provoked a long-lasting trade clash between China and the United States.

The US government has also engaged in mutual import levies with the European bloc, Mexico, and Canada.

The current presidential administration told that eliminating the trade deficit will undoubtedly put the American economy on a sustainable path of faster surge.

When updated for inflation, in August, the trade gap extended to about $86.3 billion from July’s outcome of $82.4 billion, which appears to be the highest value since January 2006. The rally in the real trade deficit hints that in the first quarter trade could subtract nearly one percentage point from GDP.

As a matter of fact, trade contributed up to 1.2% percentage points to the American economy's 4.2 percent annualized surge temp in the second quarter, generally reflecting a front-loading of soybean exports to China before this country’s reciprocal duties came true early in July.

In August, exports of services and products slipped by 0.8% reaching $209.4 billion.





Latest news

Can the UK CPI surprise?
Can the UK CPI surprise?

The UK Office for National Statistics will publish Consumer Price Index (CPI) data on Wednesday, May 18, at 09:00 MT.

The US Retail Sales Update
The US Retail Sales Update

The US Census Bureau will announce Core Retail Sales and Retail Sales on Tuesday, May 17 at 15:30 MT.

Deposit with your local payment systems

Be on top of your game

Data collection notice

FBS maintains a record of your data to run this website. By pressing the “Accept” button, you agree to our Privacy policy.


A manager will call you shortly.

Change number

Your request is accepted.

A manager will call you shortly.

Next callback request for this phone number
will be available in

If you have an urgent issue please contact us via
Live chat

Internal error. Please try again later

Don’t waste your time – keep track of how NFP affects the US dollar and profit!

Beginner Forex book

Beginner Forex book will guide you through the world of trading.

Beginner Forex book

The most important things to start trading
Enter your e-mail, and we will send you a free Beginner Forex book

Thank you!

We've emailed a special link to your e-mail.
Click the link to confirm your address and get Beginner Forex book for free.

You are using an older version of your browser.

Update it to the latest version or try another one for a safer, more comfortable and productive trading experience.

Safari Chrome Firefox Opera