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    U.S. trade deficit widens to $51.37 billion in March, the largest deficit since October 2008 | 05.05.2015


    The U.S. Commerce Department released the trade data on Tuesday. The U.S. trade deficit widened to $51.37 billion in March from a deficit of $35.9 billion in February. It was the largest deficit since October 2008.



    February's figure was revised down from a deficit of $35.44 billion.



    Analysts had expected a trade deficit of $40.3 billion.



    The rise of a deficit was driven by higher imports. Imports soared by 7.7% in March, while exports increased by 0.9%.



    Imports of consumer goods, capital goods, and automotive vehicles, parts, and engines increased in March.



    Exports to Canada and Mexico were up in March, exports to China rose 13.6%, while exports to the European Union climbed 8.6%.



    Imports from China jumped 31.6%.

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