The April growth in the goods and services deficit reflected an increase in the goods deficit of $1.4 billion to $58.8 billion and a decrease in the services surplus of $0.5 billion to $21.4 billion.
Total imports increased 2.1 percent to $220.2 billion, the highest figure since February. Imports of goods rose $4.3 billion to $178.9 billion: capital goods increased $2.5 billion; civilian aircraft grew $0.8 billion; computers went up $0.5 billion; electric apparatus increased $0.3 billion; industrial supplies and materials rose $1.1 billion; other petroleum products went up $0.3 billion and crude oil increased $0.2 billion. Imports of services edged up $0.3 billion to $41.4 billion.
Total exports went up 1.2 percent to $182.796 billion. Exports of goods grew $2.8 billion to $120.1 billion: industrial supplies and materials rose $1.8 billion; fuel oil increased $0.3 billion; other petroleum products went up $0.2 billion; organic chemicals increased $0.2 billion; automotive vehicles, parts, and engines rose $0.8 billion; other parts and accessories increased $0.4 billion. Meantime, exports of services decreased $0.3 billion to $62.7 billion.
Year-to-date, the goods and services deficit decreased $8.1 billion, or 4.8 percent, from the same period in 2015. Exports fell $39.0 billion or 5.1 percent. Imports declined $47.1 billion or 5.1 percent.