WASHINGTON — The U.S. international trade deficit was $44.2 billion in August, a 4.1% increase from the revised $42.5 billion deficit in July, originally reported as $42 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

The August deficit was nearly right on the median $44 billion figure estimated by economists polled by Thomson Reuters, and resulted from total exports of $181.3 billion and imports of $225.5 billion.

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