U.S. trade gap hits $48.7 billion

Imports surge in November, suggesting stronger consumer spending

Posted: January 12, 2013 at 2:18 a.m.

The container ship HS Bach sits docked at the Port of Miami in November, a month in which the U.S. trade deÿ cit reportedly widened 15.8 percent compared with October.

The U.S. trade deficit expanded in November to its widest point in seven months, driven by a surge in imports that outpaced only modest growth in exports.

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Business, Pages 27 on 01/12/2013