Imports in the “Glass-plate, sheet, etc.” category jumped 7.3 percent from March to April, totaling $162 million for the month. From the beginning of 2017 through April, imports amounted to $625 million, a 6.3-percent increase from the same span in 2016.

For the second straight month, flat glass exports were essentially flat in April, at $126 million compared to $124 million the prior month. Exports of the material, however, have declined 10.2 percent year-to-date from the same period last year, totaling $487 million from January-April 2017. The lack of movement in March and April exports followed a volatile start to the year, with a double-digit increase in January and a double-digit decrease in February.

Overall, the nation’s goods and services deficit was $47.6 billion in April, up $2.3 billion from $45.3 billion in March,. April exports were $191.0 billion, $0.5 billion less than March exports. April imports were $238.6 billion, $1.9 billion more than March imports.

Year-to-date, the goods and services deficit increased $22.1 billion, or 13.4 percent, from the same period in 2016. Exports increased $44.3 billion or 6.1 percent. Imports increased $66.4 billion or 7.5 percent.

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