Trade deficit nearly quadruples to $2 billion
Statistics Canada says the country's trade deficit with the world ballooned to $2 billion in November from $552 million in October as merchandise imports rose 2.7 per cent and exports fell 0.9 per cent.
Imports hit $39.5 billion, with electronic and electrical equipment and parts leading the gain, followed closely by motor vehicles and parts as well as metal and non-metallic mineral products.
Exports slipped to $37.5 billion, led by declines in shipments of farm, fishing and intermediate food products as well as metal and non-metallic mineral products.
Exports to the United States rose 3.9 per cent to $28.3 billion and imports were up 1.7 per cent to $25 billion, lifting the trade surplus with that country to $3.3 billion in November from $2.7 billion in October.
Exports to countries other than the United States fell 13.4 per to $9.2 billion, the lowest level since September 2010.
Imports from those countries rose 4.6 per cent to $14.5 billion, raising the trade deficit with them to $5.3 billion from $3.2 billion.