U.S. Trade Deficit Widens

The U.S. trade deficit widened by almost 12% in March as the coronavirus pandemic takes a toll on the country’s exports and imports.

Imports fell 6.2%, but U.S. exports sunk at an even deeper 9.6% to cause the trade gap to rise.

It’s the highest monthly decline in exports ever recorded.

The U.S. deficit rose to $44.4 billion in March from $39.8 billion in February.

The reports were the latest indication that the economy was sinking deeper into recession and that a sharp rebound was unlikely even as parts of the United States started to reopen.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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