Vladimír Urbánek (Kurzy.cz)
Macroeconomics  |  September 18, 2012 15:31:20

U.S. - deficit of the current account balance in 2Q declined more than expected

Current account balance in U.S. 2Q ended with a deficit, which is compared to 1Q fell 12% to 117.4 mld.USD. Market while counting smaller reduction in the deficit to about 125 mld.USD the overall estimates range from 118.8 to 137 mld.USD. Foreign sales could have problems in the rest of the year, when Europe's problems and the slowdown in China threaten the overall development of the demand for U.S. goods.
Deficit equivalent to about 3% of GDP in 2Q, compared to 3.5% in 1Q12. Deficit was the highest ever recorded in 4Q05 at 6.5% of GDP.
The trade deficit on goods and services, which represents a substantial majority of the current account deficit fell to 139.3 mld.USD compared to 148.4 in 1Q12.

The first data from 3Q suggest that the current account situation could deteriorate further. The deficit of the trade balance due to decrease rates of exports increased to 42 mld.USD compared to 41.9 billion in June.Balance deficit with the EU was the highest for the last 5 years.

Income from foreign assets to American companies in 2Q increased by 1.4 billion to 186.1 mld.USD. Gains from foreign assets declined by 6.7 billion to 130.6 mld.USD.
U.S. government payments to foreigners and other private cross-border payments exceeded the inflow of funds into the U.S. by 33.6 mld.USD in 2Q compared to 32.7 billion in 1Q.
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