The numbers: The U.S. trade deficit jumped 7.1% in January to $107.6 billion and hit a new all-time high for the second month in a row, reflecting huge American appetite for imported goods such as autos, wine and oil.
The deficit rose from a revised $100.5 billion in December.
Last year, the U.S. posted the highest deficit ever. The goods deficit topped $1 trillion for the very first time.
Key details: U.S. goods imports rose 1.8% in January to $262 billion — also a record.
Exports of U.S.-made goods slid 1.8% to $154.8 billion.
Big picture: The already high U.S. trade deficit exploded to a record high last year as the American economy rebounded rapidly from the pandemic while other countries lagged behind.
The result: A surge in imports and a slower recovery in exports.
The trade deficit is likely to remain near record levels until the rest of the global economy catches up to the U.S. and starts to buy more American-made products and services.
The Russian war on Ukraine now threatens to delay the global recovery.
Market reaction: The Dow Jones Industrial Average
and S&P 500
were set to open sharply lower in Monday trades. Shares have been under pressure from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.