July 3 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. initial jobless claims decreased by 5,000 to 343,000 in the week ended June 29 from a revised 348,000 in the prior period, the Labor Department reported today in Washington.
Separately, the trade deficit widened by 12.1 percent to $45 billion, the biggest since November, Commerce Department figures showed. Betty Liu and Michael McKee report on Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop." (Source: Bloomberg)
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