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"trade surplus" in British English

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trade surplusnoun [C]

uk   us   specialized
a ​situation in which the ​value of ​goods a ​country exports (= ​sells to other ​countries) is ​greater than the ​value of ​goods it imports (= ​buys from other ​countries), or the ​size of this ​difference
(Definition of trade surplus from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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trade surplusnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   ECONOMICS, COMMERCE, FINANCE
a ​situation in which the ​value of ​goods that a country ​exports is more than the ​value of ​goods it ​imports, or the ​size of this difference: have/run/record a trade surplus Figures ​indicate the country had a ​tradesurplus of $452 million in February. A ​fall in the ​price of ​grain and severe ​floodingimpactedheavily on the country's ​tradesurplus. a growing/​record/widening ​tradesurplus a merchandisetradesurplus
(Definition of trade surplus from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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