Economic Report: U.S. trade gap widens and retail inventories rise in new advance look at economy


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WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The advanced trade gap widened to a seasonally adjusted $63.3 billion from $61.1 billion in June and some of the imported goods boosted retail inventories, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

The June trade gap was wider than the $61.0 billion gap estimated in a MarketWatch-compiled economist poll.

Both import and exports grew in June with imports rising faster. Imports rose $3.3 billion to $183.5 billion while exports rose $1.1 billion to $120.2 billion.

The advanced report excludes services, a category that tends to work in the U.S.

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