October 10, 2009 |
Friday's news that the trade deficit narrowed in August shows the silver lining from dollar's steep drop. The greenback has been declining relative to other major currencies for months. Concerns are growing that foreign investors might curtail their investments in dollar assets. But so long as the slide remains gradual and orderly, economists generally view it as a plus for the U.S. economy. Though a weak dollar makes imported goods such as oil more expensive, it boosts the competitiveness of U.S. exporters, helping to rebalance an economy that has been skewed away from exports for years.
February 12, 2009 |
The U.S. trade deficit fell to the lowest level in nearly six years in December as the recession depressed demand for imports. In 2008, the trade deficit fell for a second straight year and economists expect an even bigger decline this year. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that December's deficit fell 4% to $39.9 billion from $41.6 billion in November. That was higher than the $36 billion deficit economists expected. For the year, the deficit shrank 3.3% to $677.1 billion.
October 11, 2008 |
The U.S. trade deficit edged down in August as foreign oil imports retreated from a record high the previous month, a drop that more than offset a setback in exports. The Commerce Department said Friday that the trade deficit declined by 3.5% in August to $59.1 billion, the smallest imbalance since June. The deficit is expected to shrink even further in coming months as a severe economic slump in the U.S. depresses demand for oil and other imported goods.
September 18, 2008 |
The deficit in the broadest measure of American trade widened in the spring, reflecting a big jump in the country's foreign oil bill. The Commerce Department on Wednesday reported that the current account trade deficit increased 4.3% to $183.1 billion in the April-June quarter, compared to a revised deficit of $175.6 billion in the first quarter.
June 21, 2008 |
U.S. steel pipe manufacturers, who have been battling a surge in imports from China, won a major victory Friday when the International Trade Commission cleared the way for the imposition of stiff penalty tariffs for the next five years. The commission voted 5 to 0 that the U.S. industry was being harmed by the import of circular steel pipe. The decision marked the first time a U.S. industry had won a decision to impose tariffs on a Chinese product based on the argument that the Chinese government was unfairly subsidizing an industry.
June 12, 2008 |
China's overall trade surplus shrank 10% in May from a year earlier, though its contentious gaps with the United States and Europe continued to expand -- suggesting more trade tensions ahead. Meanwhile, the government also reported Wednesday that China's index for producer prices, an indicator of inflation, jumped 8.2% in May, the fastest rise in more than three years, thanks to higher costs for oil and other raw materials compared with a year earlier.