The goods and services deficit was $52.5 billion in September, down $2.6 billion from $55.0 billion in August, revised, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
September exports were $206 billion, $1.8 billion less than August exports. September imports were $258.4 billion, $4.4 billion less than August imports.
The September decrease in the goods and services deficit reflected a decrease in the goods deficit of $2.7 billion to $71.7 billion and a decrease in the services surplus of $0.1 billion to $19.3 billion.
Year-to-date, the goods and services deficit increased $24.8 billion, or 5.4%, from the same period in 2018. Exports decreased $7 billion or 0.4%. Imports increased $17.8 billion or 0.8%.
Exports of goods decreased $1.8 billion to $136.8 billion in September while exports of services decreased $0.1 billion to $69.2 billion.
Imports of goods decreased $4.5 billion to $208.6 billion in September while imports of services increased $0.1 billion to $49.9 billion.