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US trade deficit increases 5.3 per cent to $37.4 billion

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit, after falling to the lowest point in more than two years, increased in April as a surge in imported goods outpaced a rebound in exports.

The Commerce Department says the deficit increased 5.3 in April to $37.4 billion, up from an imbalance of $35.5 billion in March. Exports increased 1.5 to $182.8 billion but imports rose faster, increasing 2.1 to $220.2 billion.

The politically sensitive deficit with China surged 16.3 to $24.3 billion, a development certain to heighten trade tensions between the world's two largest economies.

So far this year, the deficit is running 4.8 below the pace set a year ago with a fall in imports offsetting further weakness in U.S. exports, which have been hurt by global weakness.

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