WASHINGTON - The U.S. international trade deficit was $44.4 billion in January, a 16.5% increase from the revised $38.1 billion deficit in December, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

The December trade balance was originally reported as a $38.5 billion deficit. The 16.5% month-over-month increase was the largest since a 16.8% jump between December 2010 and January 2011.

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