US current account trade deficit at highest level in 7 years

AP News
Posted: Jun 16, 2016 8:34 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deficit in the nation's broadest measure of trade increased in the January-March quarter to the highest level in more than seven years.

The Commerce Department says the current account trade deficit jumped 9.9 percent in the first quarter to $124.7 billion. It was the biggest gap since a deficit of $152.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2008, the height of the financial crisis.

The higher deficit reflected a $9.6 billion decline in the surplus on investment earnings. That offset a $2 billion decrease in the deficit on merchandise trade and an increase of $400 million in the surplus on services.

The current account is the broadest measure of trade because it covers not only trade in goods but also services and investment flows.