Exports and imports of flat glass in the U.S. increased in February, according to DWM’s analysis of U.S. Department of Commerce data.

Exports in the “glass-plate, sheet, etc.” category increased 10.5 percent to $126 million in February from January but decreased 14.9 percent year-to-date. Exports through the first two months totaled $240 million.

The notable year-to-date dip was due to a significant 20.8 percent year-over-year decrease in January.

Imports of the material increased 4.7 percent to $155 million in February month-over-month, and the $302 million year-to-date total represents a 2.7-percent bump from the same time last year.

Overall, the nation’s goods and services deficit was $43.6 billion in February, down $4.6 billion from $48.2 billion in January.

February exports were $192.9 billion, $0.4 billion more than January. February imports were $236.4 billion, $4.3 billion less than January.

Year-to-date, the goods and services deficit increased $2.8 billion, or 3.1 percent, from the same period in 2016. Exports increased $25.8 billion (7.2 percent). Imports increased $28.6 billion (6.4 percent).

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