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U.S. Trade Deficit Rises to a Six-Month High of $47.1 Billion

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America’s trade deficit widened in February to a six-month high as an increase in imports exceeded a more modest pickup in shipments overseas.

The gap increased 2.6 percent to $47.1 billion from a revised $45.9 billion in January, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for a $46.2 billion February shortfall.