January 5, 2018 / 1:43 PM / a year ago

UPDATE 1-Canada trade deficit swells in November on surge of imports

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OTTAWA, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Canada’s trade deficit grew to C$2.54 billion ($2.03 billion) in November from C$1.55 billion in October as imports posted their biggest surge in more than eight years and far outpaced the growth of exports, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

The deficit far exceeded the C$1.20 billion shortfall estimated by analysts in a Reuters poll.

Exports grew by 3.7 percent, the most in a year, on higher shipments of motor vehicles and consumer goods. The export of motor vehicles and parts, which had been hit in recent months by work stoppages and other issues, increased by 14.6 percent.

Imports rose by 5.8 percent, the most since the 7.8 percent leap in July 2009, on gains for electronic and electrical equipment and parts, which were boosted by the introduction of new cellphone models.

Exports to the United States increased by 5.4 percent, while imports grew by 6.5 percent. As a result, the trade surplus with the United States, which accounted for 76.2 percent of Canadian goods exported in November, slipped to C$3.34 billion from C$3.47 billion in October.

($1=$1.25 Canadian)

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn

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