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Balance of trade

Net flow of goods (exports minus imports) between two countries.
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Balance of Trade

The difference between the value of a country's exports and the value of its imports. If the value of exports exceeds that of imports, a country is said to have a trade surplus, while the opposite case is called a trade deficit. Analysts disagree on the impact, if any, of the balance of trade on the economy. Some economists believe that an overly large trade deficit causes unemployment and lowers GDP growth. Others believe that the balance of trade has little impact, because the more international trade occurs, the more likely it is that foreign companies will invest in the home country, negating any negative effects.
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balance of trade

A net figure calculated by subtracting a country's imports from its exports during a specific period. If a country sells more goods and services than it purchases, its balance of trade is said to be positive, that is, exports exceed imports. Such a balance is generally considered to be favorable. Conversely, a negative balance is said to be unfavorable. A country's balance-of-trade position has great impact on its economic activity and on the profits of companies operating within it. See also trade deficit, trade surplus.
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Balance of trade.

The difference between the value of a country's imports and exports during a specific period of time is called the balance of trade.

If a country exports more than it imports, it has a surplus, or favorable balance of trade. A trade deficit, or unfavorable balance, occurs when a country imports more than it exports.

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balance of trade

a statement of a country's trade in GOODS (visibles) with the rest of the world over a particular period of time. The term ‘balance of trade’ specifically excludes trade in services (invisibles) and concentrates on the foreign currency earnings and payments associated with trade in finished manufactures, intermediate products and raw materials, which can be seen and recorded by a country's customs authorities as they cross national boundaries. See BALANCE OF PAYMENTS.
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Real GDP and Components, 2009:Q4 Advance Estimate Annualized percent change, last: Quarterly change Quarter Four quarters (billions of 2000$) Real GDP 182.0 5.7 0.1 Personal consumption 45.9 2.0 1.1 Durables -2.4 -0.9 4.0 Nondurables 21.3 4.3 1.4 Services 25.8 1.7 0.6 Business fixed 9.1 2.9 -14.6 investment Equipment 27.9 13.3 -8.7 Structures -15.6 -15.4 -24.7 Residential 5.0 5.7 -12.1 investment Government spending -1.1 -0.2 1.6 National defense -6.2 -3.5 3.1 Net exports 16.3 -- -- Exports 62.8 18.1 -1.7 Imports 46.5 10.5 -7.7 Change in private -33.5 -- -- inventories Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis.
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