Commerce Department said on Thursday the current accountdeficit,
which measures the flow of goods, services andinvestments into
and out of the country, increased 11.7 percentto $124.1 billion,
the largest shortfall since the fourth quarter of 2008.
The second-quarter deficit was revised up to $111.1 billion from
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the deficit rising to
$118.0 billion. The third-quarter current account deficit
represented 2.7 percent of gross domestic product, the biggest
percentage since the second quarter of 2012. That was up from
2.5 percent in the second quarter.
Despite the deterioration in the third quarter, the current
account deficit remained well below a record high of 6.3 percent
touched in the fourth quarter of 2005 as strong domestic energy
production and plummeting oil prices kept the import bill in
The dollar has gained 19.2 percent versus the currencies of the
United States' main trading partners over the last 18 months,
putting pressure on the profits of multinational firms such as
household products giant Procter & Gamble Co and healthcare
conglomerate Johnson & Johnson.
In the third quarter, direct investment income receipts from
subsidiaries of U.S. companies fell to $105.3 billion from
$108.0 billion. Exports of goods fell 1.2 percent to $379.9
(Reporting by Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Paul Simao)
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