As Exports Fall, Is the Recovery in Jeopardy?

April's trade report provides fodder for the bears, who will likely point to the month's 0.7% drop in exports as further evidence that international demand is not going to drive a self-sustaining recovery in the U.S.

China as Importer

China posted a tiny surplus in April, which could signal a change in China's role in world trade.

Trade Deficit Widened in February

The trade deficit unexpectedly widened 7.4% to $39.7 billion in February, the Commerce Department said, as rising imports outpaced rising exports.