USA TODAY International Edition
TRADE DEFICIT HITS RECORD OF $ 80.9B IN SEPTEMBER
The U. S. trade deficit hit an all- time high of $ 80.9 billion in September as American exports fell sharply while imports, even with supply chain problems at American ports, continue to climb. The September deficit topped the previous record of $ 73.2 billion set in June, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The deficit is the gap between what the United States exports to the rest of the world and the imports it purchases from foreign nations. In September, exports plunged 3% to $ 207.6 billion while imports rose 0.6% to $ 288.5 billion.