U.S. Trade Gap Broadens in October on All-Time Record Imports


The United States imported a record amount of goods and services in October, broadening the trade gap to its highest level in nine months, according to government data released Tuesday.

The trade deficit increase was pushed by rising oil prices, as well as higher imports from China ahead of the holiday shopping season, the Commerce Department said in its monthly report. 

Boosted by a weaker U.S. dollar, the October trade gap rose 8.6 percent compared to September, to $48.7 billion, the highest since January, surpassing analyst expectations for an increase of only 5.6 percent.