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Economic Report: U.S. trade deficit in goods widened in April

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The trade deficit for goods deteriorated in April, according to an early look at U.S. trade patterns released by the Commerce Department on Thursday.

The trade gap in goods—services are excluded—widened to $67.6 billion in April from $65.1 billion in March, the government said in its advanced report. The full report will be released on June 2.

Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected a deficit of $64 billion in April.

Exports of goods fell in April while imports expanded, the government said. The government issues the advanced data to make it easier to estimate gross domestic product.

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