The US trade deficit continued to grow in October due to a fall in exports, according to government data published on Wednesday.
The overall trade gap of the world's biggest economy rose by 5.1 percent to US$64.3 billion in October, up from a revised US$61.2 billion in September, the Commerce Department said in a statement.
October's widening trade deficit was the result of a US$2.6 billion decline in US exports to the world, while imports rose by US$500 million.
This was slightly below market expectations for the deficit to grow to US$64.4 billion, according to Briefing.com.
Like much of the world, US consumers and businesses have been grappling with a higher interest rate environment since the Covid-19 pandemic, as policymakers have looked to tackle inflation by tightening monetary policy.
While these actions have had some success in slowing down inflation, they have also reduced demand for goods and services among consumers facing higher borrowing costs and elevated goods prices at the same time.
"The outlook for trade flows going forward is likely one of moderation, given the trajectory for demand and growth will slow, both domestically and abroad," High Frequency Economics Chief US Economist Rubeela Farooqi wrote in a note to clients.
The US deficit in goods with China, the world's second-largest economy, declined slightly in October to US$23.9 billion, down from US$24.1 billion a month earlier, the Commerce Department said. (AFP)