Vladimír Urbánek (Kurzy.cz)
Macroeconomics  |  April 05, 2013 15:29:00

U.S. - trade deficit unexpectedly fell in February due to oil imports


Deficit of foreign trade in the U.S. unexpectedly fell in February by 3.4% to 43 mld.USD. Market allowed for a slight increase in the deficit towards 44.6 mld.USD. Overall range of market estimates ranged from 41.2 to 47 mld.USD.
The deficit was reduced primarily due to the smallest volume of imported oil since 1996.
After offsetting the effects of inflation, the overall deficit declined from 48.1 in January to 47.4 mld.USD.

Exports in February grew by 0.8% to 186 mld.USD supported by exports of energy and motor vehicles, including spare parts.
Imports stagnated at 228.9 mld.USD when the decline in petroleum imports offset the growth in demand for foreign consumer goods, led by clothing.
Oil imports fell to 205 million barrels. The average price of Brent crude oil rose in February from January's 112.32 to $ 116.07 per barrel.In March, the average dropped to $ 109.54 and the price continues to fall toward the current $ 106.3. Excluding the impact of the oil trade deficit rose to 21.8 in January, compared to 20.1 mld.USD mld.USD.

The balance of trade with China ended February with the smallest deficit for the past year deficit with Europe increased by 1.3% due to the decline in exports.

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