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March 7, 2014 8:40 AM, EST
Trade Deficit Little Changed in January
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The U.S. trade deficit was little changed in January as imports and exports grew, the Commerce Department reported March 7.

The gap between imports and exports rose 0.3% to $39.1 billion, from $39 billion in December.

The trade deficit expanded more than economists’ forecast of $38.5 billion, Bloomberg News reported.

“Import growth will increase as the economy expands,” Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James & Associates Inc., told Bloomberg. “Any widening in the trade deficit is going to be largely transitional. The trade deficit is likely to remain relatively contained this year.”

Exports increased to $192.5 billion, and imports rose to $231.6 billion in January, the most since October.

The figures show demand for American-made goods is likely to strengthen as markets overseas, including emerging nations improve, Bloomberg reported.