Surging Exports Raise Inflation Risks

Cargo ships filled with containers dock at the Port of Los Angeles on September 28, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
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Exports of goods and services from the United States surged in October, helping bring the trade deficit down sharply from last months’ historic high.

The jumped by $16.8 billion compared with September, an 8.1 percent increase. At the same time, imports rose by just under one percent.


The October decrease in the goods and services deficit reflected a decrease in the goods deficit of $14.0 billion to $83.9 billion and an increase in the services surplus of $0.3 billion to $16.8 billion.

Year-to-date, the goods and services deficit increased $161.7 billion, or 29.7 percent, from the same period in 2020. Exports increased $315.1 billion or 17.9 percent. Imports increased $476.8 billion or 20.7 percent.


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