Phase 1 trade deal helps trim, but can’t stop, slump in U.S. exports in May

Ags - Grains/Beans 251 Ags - Meat/Dairy 204 China 2609 Cons. Discr. - Autos 959 Consumer Staples 628 Energy - Crude Oil 264 Energy - Natural Gas 124 Trade Balance 868 Trade Deals 908 U.S. 4649

U.S. international trade activity slumped 27.6% lower than a year earlier in May as the drop in economic activity caused by COVID-19 related store and factory closures ravaged demand. The automotive industry was the main driver with a 75.2% drop in exports and a 72.6% slide in imports. Excluding the autos sector, trade fell by 20.7%. The slowest rate of decline in exports, which dropped by 34.9% in aggregate, was in food and farm goods where exports declined by just 7.0%. Shipments of farm goods to China under the phase 1 trade deal may have helped but not entirely offset COVID-19 disrup...

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