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May trade deficit hit $1.1 billion: Stats Canada

Economists had expected a deficit for May of $530 million


July 6, 2017
The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA—Statistics Canada says the country’s trade deficit grew to $1.1 billion in May compared with a $552-million deficit in April.

Economists had expected a deficit for May of $530 million.

The increase in the trade deficit came as imports rose 2.4 percent to $49.8 billion, led by an increase in aircraft imports.

Statistics Canada says the import of five new airliners in May drove a 45.9 percent increase in aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts category.

Meanwhile, exports gained 1.3 percent to $48.7 billion due to higher unwrought gold exports.

Exports excluding energy products rose 3.6 percent in May.