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Jan 12, 2010 11:25 AM by Associated Press

November trade deficit increases to $36.4 billion

The U.S. trade deficit jumped to the highest level in 10 months as an improving U.S. economy pushed up demand for imports.

However, exports rose as well, boosted by a weaker dollar, supporting the view that American manufacturers will be helped by a rebounding global economy.

The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that the trade deficit jumped 9.7 percent to $36.4 billion in November, a bigger imbalance than the $34.5 billion deficit economists had forecast. Exports rose 0.9 percent, the seventh consecutive gain, as demand was up for American-made autos, farm products and industrial machinery.

Imports, however, rose a much faster 2.6 percent, led by a 7.3 percent rise in petroleum imports.

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