California exports pretty much held serve in April, compared with the previous year.
California businesses shipped merchandise valued at $13.07 billion in April, up 0.3 percent from $13.03 billion in April 2012, according to an analysis of today's U.S. Commerce Department figures by Beacon Economics, a consulting firm with offices in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
Adjusted for inflation, however, Beacon said the 2013 figure represented a decline of 0.9 percent.
California exports totaled $14.07 billion in March this year.
On the import side, California took in $30.43 billion in April, down 1.7 percent from $30.97 billion in April last year. Some goods entering California go to other states, so exports are considered a more accurate measure of the state's trade health.
The U.S. trade deficit widened 8.5 percent to $40.3 billion in April. The Commerce Department said American demand for foreign cars, cell phones and other imported goods outpaced U.S. export growth.
Exports of U.S. goods and services increased 1.2 percent between March and April to $187.4 billion, the second-highest on record.
However, imports grew 2.4 percent to $227.7 billion.
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