In August, the U.S. trade deficit showed an unexpected drop of 3.5%. This shrinks the deficit to a mere $30.7 billion – rather than the $33 billion economists expected. Oil prices surged, but the amount of shipments fell precipitously. The increase in exports suggests that the global economy is working its way out o the doghouse.
Exports of goods and services pushed 0.2% higher in August to $28.2 billion. This was the fourth consecutive month of increases. American farm products, cars and parts, industrial engines and telecommunications equipment sales all contributed to the small upward move.