balance of trade

[ bal-uhnsuhv treyd ]
/ ˈbæl əns əv ˈtreɪd /
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noun Economics.
the difference between the values of the exports and imports of a country, said to be favorable when exports are greater, and unfavorable when imports are greater.See also trade deficit, trade surplus.
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Origin of balance of trade

First recorded in 1660–70
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British Dictionary definitions for balance of trade

balance of trade

economics the difference in value between total exports and total imports of goodsAlso called: visible balance Compare invisible balance
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Cultural definitions for balance of trade

balance of trade

That part of the balance of payments relating to goods only (as opposed to services, monetary movements, official reserve transactions, etc.).

notes for balance of trade

A nation whose imports are worth more than its exports is said to have an unfavorable balance of trade, or to be running a trade deficit.
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