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The Goods and Services Deficit Decreased to $41.9 billion in July 2015

Thu Sep 03 2015
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The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that the goods and services deficit was $41.9 billion in July, down $3.3 billion from $45.2 billion in June, revised. July exports were $188.5 billion, $0.8 billion more than June exports. July imports were $230.4 billion, $2.5 billion less than June imports.

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The July decrease in the goods and services deficit reflected a decrease in the goods deficit of $3.4 billion to $61.4 billion and a decrease in the services surplus of less than $0.1 billion to $19.6 billion.

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Year-to-date, the goods and services deficit increased $10.6 billion, or 3.6 percent, from the same period in 2014. Exports decreased $47.0 billion or 3.5 percent. Imports decreased $36.4 billion or 2.2 percent.

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Exports of goods increased $0.6 billion to $128.2 billion in July.

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Exports of goods on a Census basis increased $1.0 billion.

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  • Automotive vehicles, parts, and engines increased $0.6 billion.
  • Industrial supplies and materials increased $0.3 billion.
    • Nonmonetary gold increased $0.3 billion.
  • Consumer goods decreased $0.4 billion.

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Net balance of payments adjustments decreased $0.4 billion.

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Exports of services increased $0.2 billion to $60.3 billion in July.

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  • Financial services increased $0.1 billion.
  • Other business services, which includes research and development services; professional and management services; and technical, trade-related, and other services, increased $0.1 billion.

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Imports of goods decreased $2.7 billion to $189.6 billion in July.

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Imports of goods on a Census basis decreased $2.1 billion.

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  • Consumer goods decreased $2.6 billion.

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o Pharmaceutical preparations decreased $1.5 billion.

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o Cell phones and other household goods decreased $1.3 billion

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Net balance of payments adjustments decreased $0.6 billion.

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Imports of services increased $0.2 billion to $40.8 billion in July.

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  • Travel (for all purposes including education) increased $0.1 billion.
  • Transport, which includes freight and port services and passenger fares, increased $0.1 billion.

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The July figures show surpluses, in billions of dollars, with South and Central America ($2.6), OPEC ($0.7), United Kingdom ($0.3), and Brazil ($0.2). Deficits were recorded, in billions of dollars, with China ($28.8), European Union ($12.4), Germany ($6.0), Japan ($5.4), Mexico ($3.8), Italy ($2.3), South Korea ($2.2), Canada ($2.1), India ($2.0), France ($1.1), and Saudi Arabia ($0.5).

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  • The deficit with Mexico decreased $1.6 billion to $3.8 billion in July. Exports increased $0.7 billion to $20.7 billion and imports decreased $0.9 billion to $24.5 billion.
  • The deficit with the European Union decreased $1.4 billion to $12.4 billion in July. Exports increased $0.5 billion to $22.4 billion and imports decreased $1.0 billion to $34.8 billion.

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NOTE: All statistics referenced are seasonally adjusted; statistics are on a balance of payments basis unless otherwise specified.

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