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In December, the U.S. trade deficit saw a marginal uptick, a contrast to the significant contraction observed throughout 2023. The Commerce Department’s Census Bureau reported a 0.5% increase, bringing the deficit to $62.2 billion. November’s figures were revised, showing a narrower gap of $61.9 billion compared to the previously stated $63.2 billion.

Despite expectations for a slight moderation, economists surveyed by Reuters had anticipated a similar deficit of $62.2 billion for December. However, for the entirety of 2023, the deficit experienced a noteworthy decline of 18.7%, reaching $773.4 billion. This reduction brought the deficit to 2.8% of GDP, down from 3.7% in the previous year.

Trade contributed positively to economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2023, providing a 0.43 percentage point boost to the economy’s 3.3% annualized growth rate. This impact came after two consecutive quarters of neutrality.

These fluctuations in the trade deficit highlight ongoing shifts in the global economic landscape, with implications across various sectors. Policymakers continue to navigate these dynamics, seeking to foster sustainable trade balances while supporting robust economic expansion.

As the trade landscape evolves, further updates will be crucial for understanding its implications and potential future trends.
By: Montel Kamau
Serrari Financial Analyst
8th February, 2024

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