U.S. International Transactions, 4th quarter and Year 2018

4th quarter 2018:
-$134.4 billion
3rd quarter 2018:
-$126.6 billion
Annual 2018:
-$488.5 billion
Annual 2017
-$449.1 billion

The U.S. current-account deficit increased to $134.4 billion (preliminary) in the fourth quarter of 2018 from $126.6 billion (revised) in the third quarter of 2018, according to statistics released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The deficit was 2.6 percent of current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP) in the fourth quarter, up from 2.5 percent in the third quarter. The previously published current-account deficit for the third quarter was $124.8 billion.

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  • Current Release: March 27, 2019
  • Next Release: June 20, 2019
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What are the International Transactions Accounts?

Transactions in goods, services, income, and investment between U.S. residents and residents of other countries each quarter. The transactions reflect U.S. trade; income on stocks, bonds, and loans and related investment; foreign aid; and more.

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