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US: Trade deficit getting wider and wider - Rabobank

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    Stefan Koopman, Market Economist at Rabobank, notes that according to the latest US trade figures, the deficit in February was even wider than projected in last week’s advanced estimate.

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    “Imports of goods exceeded exports by USD 47.1bn in February, instead of the USD 45.9bn that was estimated previously. A bigger trade deficit subtracts from economic growth, something which the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow model now predicts to be just 0.4% in Q1.

    On a more positive note, both imports and exports increased (the latter for the first time in five months), which might signal that global demand appears to have stabilized after a few wobbly months.”
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