The U.S. current-account deficit-the combined balances on trade in goods and services, income, and net unilateral current transfers – decreased to $98.5 billion (preliminary) in the second quarter of 2014 from $102.1 billion (revised) in the first quarter of 2014. As a percentage of U.S. GDP, the deficit decreased to 2.3 percent from 2.4 percent. The previously published current-account deficit for the first quarter was $111.2 billion.
- The deficit on international trade in goods increased to $189.2 billion from $182.3 billion as goods imports increased more than goods exports.
- The surplus on international trade in services increased to $58.9 billion from $57.8 billion as services exports increased more than services imports.
- The surplus on primary income increased to $53.1 billion from $52.4 billion as primary income receipts increased more than primary income payments.
- The deficit on secondary income (current transfers) decreased to $21.4 billion from $30.0 billion as secondary income receipts increased and secondary income payments decreased.
Net U.S. borrowing from financial-account transactions was $17.6 billion in the second quarter, down from $91.2 billion in the first.
- Net U.S. acquisition of financial assets excluding financial derivatives was $232.7 billion in the second quarter, up from $143.3 billion in the first.
- Net U.S. incurrence of liabilities excluding financial derivatives was $247.4 billion in the second quarter, up from $239.8 billion in the first.
- Net borrowing in financial derivatives other than reserves was $2.8 billion in the second quarter, a shift from net lending of $5.3 billion in the first.
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Brian Moyer was named Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, bringing more than 20 years of experience in economic statistics to the post. His new status as Director takes effect Sept. 21.
Dr. Moyer is currently BEA’s Deputy Director and has served as Acting Director since May 2 when the agency’s previous chief retired.
The non-partisan BEA is one of the federal government’s leading economic intelligence agencies and produces millions of official economic data points – national, regional, industry and international – used by business leaders, policymakers and Americans to make more informed decisions.
Dr. Moyer joined BEA, which is part of the U.S. Commerce Department, in 1993 and held several key positions including Associate Director for Industry Accounts.
Under his leadership, BEA has made numerous advances in measuring and gauging the performance of the U.S. economy, including new measures of intangible and high-tech goods and services, expanded information on multinational companies and foreign direct investment, and more timely GDP statistics for states, metropolitan area and industries. Dr. Moyer has also played a key role in developing and improving international standards and guidelines used to prepare economic statistics worldwide.
“With the challenges facing BEA in the coming years – things like greater use of ‘big data’ and more integration across the U.S. statistical agencies – I am pleased to have Brian leading BEA,” said Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Commerce Department.
Dr. Moyer holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in economics from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D in economics from American University.
Personal Income rose 0.2 percent in July after rising 0.5 percent in June. Wages and salaries, the largest component of personal income, rose 0.2 percent in July after rising 0.4 percent in June.
Current-dollar disposable personal income (DPI), after-tax income rose 0.1 percent in July after rising 0.5 percent in June.
Real DPI, income adjusted for taxes and inflation, increased 0.1 percent in July after increasing 0.3 percent in June.
Real consumer spending, spending adjusted for price changes, decreased 0.2 percent in July after increasing 0.2 percent in June. Spending on durable goods decreased 0.6 percent in July after increasing 0.5 percent in June.
PCE prices increased 0.1 percent in July after increasing 0.2 percent in June. Excluding food and energy, PCE prices increased 0.1 percent in July, the same as in June.
Personal saving as a percent of DPI was 5.7 percent in July and 5.4 percent in June.
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