U.S. goods trade deficit widened in August by less than forecast

THE UNITED STATES' goods-trade deficit was $72.8 billion in August after $72.5 billion the month prior. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TIM RUE
THE UNITED STATES' goods-trade deficit was $72.8 billion in August after $72.5 billion the month prior. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TIM RUE
WASHINGTON – America’s merchandise trade deficit widened in August by less than forecast as a gain in imports exceeded a slight increase in exports. The gap stood at $72.8 billion in August after $72.5 billion the month prior, according to Commerce Department data released Thursday. Economists projected a deficit of $73.4 billion. The government’s advance…

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