Tuesday 20 February 2018

US current account narrows to lowest level in four years

An increase in U.S. exports narrowed the country's current account deficit in the second quarter to its lowest level in four years, the Commerce Department said today.

The current account deficit, a broad measure of the flow of goods, services and money across national borders, dropped to $98.9bn in the April-June period from a revised $104.9bn in the prior period.

The first quarter level was the lowest since 2009. The gap was equivalent to 2.4pc of national economic output, the smallest ratio since 1998.

The United States' persistent current account deficit is widely seen as a problem for the global economy, although it has narrowed substantially in recent years from a record high 6.2pc of GDP in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Much of the narrowing came from an increase in US exports, which rose 0.9pc from the first quarter.

Economists polled by Reuters expected a fourth-quarter current account deficit of $97bn.


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