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September 2014 Trade Gap is $43.0 Billion

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit increased in September 2014 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit increased from $40.0 billion in August (revised) to $43.0 billion in September, mainly reflecting a decrease in exports. The previously published August deficit was $40.1 billion. The goods deficit increased $2.4 billion from August to $62.7 billion in September; the services surplus decreased $0.6 billion from August to $19.6 billion in September.

balance on Goods and Services
Exports

Exports of goods and services decreased $3.0 billion in September to $195.6 billion, mostly reflecting a decrease in exports of goods. Exports of services also decreased.

  • The decrease in exports of goods was more than accounted for by decreases in industrial supplies and materials, in capital goods, and in consumer goods. An increase in foods, feeds, and beverages was partly offsetting.
  • The decrease in exports of services mostly reflected decreases in travel (for all purposes including education) and in transport, which includes freight and port services and passenger fares. Changes in the other categories of services exports were relatively small and nearly offsetting.

Imports
Imports of goods and services increased $0.1 billion in September to $238.6 billion, reflecting an increase in imports of services. Imports of goods decreased.

  • The increase in imports of services mostly reflected an increase in transport. Changes in the other categories of services imports were relatively small.
  • The decrease in imports of goods was more than accounted for by decreases in industrial supplies and materials, in capital goods, and in automotive vehicles, parts, and engines. An increase in consumer goods was partly offsetting.

Goods by geographic area (seasonally adjusted, Census basis)

  • The goods deficit with China increased from $28.5 billion in August to $31.2 billion in September. Exports decreased $0.1 billion to $9.8, and imports increased $2.6 billion to $41.0 billion.
  • The goods deficit with Canada increased from $2.7 billion in August to $4.0 billion in September. Exports decreased $0.6 billion to $26.3 billion, and imports increased $0.7 billion to $30.3 billion.
  • The goods deficit with Germany decreased from &7.2 billion in August to $6.2 billion in September. Exports increased $0.1 billion to $4.2 billion, and imports decreased $0.8 billion to $10.4 billion.

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Consumer Spending Falls in September

Personal Income rose 0.2 percent in September after rising 0.3 percent in August. Wages and salaries, the largest component Consumer spending chartof personal income, rose 0.2 percent in September after rising 0.5 percent in August.

Current-dollar disposable personal income (DPI), after-tax income, rose 0.1 percent in September after rising 0.3 percent in August.

Real DPI, income adjusted for taxes and inflation, remained flat in September after increasing 0.3 percent in August.

Real consumer spending, spending adjusted for price changes, decreased 0.2 percent in September after increasing 0.5 percent in August. Spending on durable goods decreased 1.9 percent in September after increasing 2.3 percent in August.

PCE prices increased 0.1 percent in September after decreasing 0.1 percent in August. Excluding food and energy, PCE prices increased 0.1 percent in September, the same increase as in August.

Personal saving rate
Personal saving as a percent of DPI was 5.6 percent in September and 5.4 percent in August.

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Real Disposable Personal Income and Real Consumer Spending

GDP Growth Moderates in Third Quarter

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 3.5 percent in the third quarter of 2014, according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 4.6 percent.

Third-quarter highlightsQ2Q Growth in Real GDP
The deceleration in GDP growth was more than accounted for by inventory investment, which detracted from growth in the third quarter after adding to it in the second quarter.

In addition:

  • Consumer spending decelerated, increasing 1.8 percent after increasing 2.5 percent. Spending on nondurable and durable goods both slowed, while services picked up.
  • Business investment rose but not as much as in the second quarter. Investment in structures, equipment, and intellectual property products slowed.
  • Exports of goods and services decelerated.

In contrast, imports declined in the third quarter after increasing significantly in the second quarter, reflecting downturns in nonautomotive consumer goods and in industrial supplies and materials.

Personal income and personal saving
Real disposable personal income (DPI), which adjusts for taxes and inflation, rose 2.7 percent in the third quarter after increasing 4.4 percent in the second quarter.

Personal saving as a percentage of DPI increased to 5.5 percent in the third quarter from 5.4 percent in the second quarter.

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Prices of goods and services purchased by U.S. residents increased 1.3 percent in the third quarter after increasing 2.0 percent in the second quarter.

Prices of energy goods and services turned down in the third quarter, and food prices slowed.

Excluding food and energy, gross domestic purchase prices increased 1.5 percent in the third quarter after increasing 1.7 percent in the second quarter.

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