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Trade deficit widens 4.8% to $42.2 billion

Wholesalers see stockpiles grow, but sales on decline

Posted: December 12, 2012 at 4:23 a.m.

Mike Hartman moves spools of thread at FesslerUSA apparel in Orwigsburg, Pa., in October. The U.S. Commerce Department reported Tuesday that wholesale businesses increased stockpiles in October but saw their sales fall, a mixed sign for economic growth.

Mike Hartman moves spools of thread at FesslerUSA apparel in Orwigsburg, Pa., in October. The U.S. Commerce Department reported Tuesday that wholesale businesses increased stockpiles in October but saw their sales fall, a mixed sign for economic growth.

The U.S. trade deficit widened in October when exports fell by a larger margin than imports, a sign that slower global growth could weigh on the U.S. economy.

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Business, Pages 25 on 12/12/2012

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