U.S. trade deficit in manufactures continued to rise in third quarter

12/5/2012

Ernest H. Preeg, Ph.D., senior adviser for international trade and finance
The U.S. trade deficit in manufactures increased by $23 billion, or 7%, during the first three quarters of 2012, compared with 2011, while the Chinese surplus was up by $74 billion, or 16%. Over the past three years, the U.S. deficit is projected to have risen by 52%, to $495 billion in 2012, and the Chinese surplus by 81%, to $764 billion. A final comment addresses where the trade imbalances are likely to go in the year ahead. Policy Analysis

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