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Monday, December 17, 2018 1:41:09 PM EST

Trade Balance Updated 06-Dec-18 09:55AM ET
The U.S. trade deficit was $55.5 billion in October ( consensus -$54.7 billion) versus a downwardly revised $54.6 billion (from -$54.0 billion) in September.

Exports in October were $0.3 billion less than September exports. That downturn was driven by a $0.7 billion decrease in exports of foods, feeds, and beverages, and a $0.5 billion decrease in exports of capital goods.

Imports in October were $0.6 billion more than September imports. The increase was driven by a $2 billion increase in consumer goods, the bulk of which flowed from a $1.5 billion increase in pharmaceutical preparations. Capital goods imports decreased by $3.2 billion.

The deficit with China increased $0.7 billion in October to $38.2 billion. In the third quarter, the goods and services deficit with China increased $10.3 billion to $95.9 billion.

The real trade deficit in October was $87.88 billion, up 3.0% from the third quarter average, which will be viewed as a negative input for Q4 real GDP forecasts.

The key takeaway from the report is that it doesn't reflect any improvement in the U.S trade deficit despite the tariff actions. The goods and services deficit has increased by $51.3 billion year-to-date, or 11.4%, from the same period in 2017.
Trade Deficit-$55.5B-$54.6B-$53.7B-$50.4B-$46.2B