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U.S. ELECTRONICS TRADE DEFICIT CONTINUES TO DROP DURING FIRST NINE MONTHS OF '91

 U.S. ELECTRONICS TRADE DEFICIT CONTINUES TO DROP
 DURING FIRST NINE MONTHS OF '91
 /ADVANCE/ WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Electronic Industries Association (EIA) announced today that U.S. exports of electronics products reached a little more than $53 billion for the first nine months of 1991, representing a nearly 6.5 percent increase over last year's exports, during the same period, of $49.8 billion.
 Imports of foreign electronics products reached approximately $55.4 billion or 6.4 percent over the $52.1 billion imported during the first nine months of 1990.
 The year-to-date deficit in the electronics trade balance is $2.4 billion, slightly more than the $2.3 billion of 1990 year-to-date.
 In announcing the electronics trade statistics EIA President Peter F. McCloskey stated: "Third quarter imports were strong which caused our change from a positive trade balance during the first six months to our current negative position. Despite the surge in imports, our exports still maintain their healthy growth rate."
 For more than 67 years, the Electronic Industries Association has been the national trade organization representing U.S. electronics manufacturers. Committed to the competitiveness of the American producer, EIA represents the entire spectrum of companies involved in the manufacture of electronic components, parts, systems and equipment for communications, industrial, government and consumer-end users.
 3RD QUARTER 1991
 U.S. ELECTRONICS FOREIGN TRADE
 (Millions of Dollars)
 Imports Exports
 1991 1990 Percent 1991 1990 Percent
 Change Change
 Communications 2,001 1,997 0.2 1,983 2,112 (6.1)
 Consumer Electronics 4,145 3,770 9.9 655 596 9.9
 Electron Tubes 154 133 15.8 163 131 24.4
 Passive Components 2,254 2,385 (5.5) 1,866 1,767 5.6
 Solid State Products 3,375 3,085 9.4 3,529 3,412 3.4
 Computer/Industrial 8,055 6,783 18.8 8,981 8,668 3.6
 Total 19,984 18,153 10.1 17,177 16,686 2.9
 Balance of Trade
 1991 1990 Percent
 Change
 Communications (18) 115 n/m(A)
 Consumer Electronics (3,490) (3,174) 10.0
 Electron Tubes 9 (2) n/m(A)
 Passive Components (388) (618) (37.2)
 Solid State Products 154 327 (52.9)
 Computer/Industrial 926 1,885 (50.9)
 Total (2,807) (1,467) 91.3
 (A) Not meaningful
 Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, compiled by EIA Marketing Services Department.
 -0- 12/19/91/0600
 /NOTE: A bar graph is also available by calling EIA Public Affairs, 202-457-4980. These charts offer a breakdown of the balance-of-trade for specific electronic product sectors for the first nine months of 1990 and 1991./
 /CONTACT: Mark V. Rosenker, vice president, public affairs, Electronic Industries Association, 202-457-4980/ CO: Electronic Industries Association ST: District of Columbia IN: CPR SU:


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