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US trade gap widens unexpectedly
The US trade deficit unexpectedly
widened in September by the largest
amount in 10 years, figures show.
The trade gap, the difference between
US imports and exports, grew 18.2% to
$36.5bn (£21.9bn) from August.
Imports rose 5.8%, the biggest jump
since 1993 and an indication that
consumer spending is recovering.
Separately, US consumer confidence
figures unexpectedly fell. The Michigan
survey of consumers fell to 66.0 in
November - down from 70.6 in October.
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