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U.S. trade deficit hits nine-month high; oil prices lift imports

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By Lucia MutikaniWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. trade deficit increased to a nine-month high in October due to rising oil prices and the widening of America's long-standing deficits with China and Mexico.The worsening trade deficit came even as exports to China and Mexico were the strongest in more than three years, which some economists said challenged the Trump administration's argument that the United States was being disadvantaged in its dealings with trade partners. "This leaves the Trump economics team empty handed when it comes to its mission to improve the unfair terms of trade which ...

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First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 03:50 IST