Saturday, 3 November 2018

US trade gap hits seven-month high amid expanding tariff war

The US trade deficit widened more than forecast in September to a seven-month high as imports expanded and the merchandise gap with China hit a record amid an escalating tariff war.

The gap for goods and services increased by 1.3% from the prior month to $54bn, Commerce Department data showed on Friday. The median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a deficit of $53.6bn. Imports and exports both rose 1.5%.


The monthly report provides details around third-quarter data released last week that showed trade imposed the biggest drag on growth in 33 years amid tariffs on China and counter-levies by the Asian nation.


While President Donald Trump is threatening more action, US businesses already are facing higher prices and supply-chain disruptions as they rush to buy materials and other items. 


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