WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit rose to $53.1 billion in June, up 4.4% from the revised $50.8 billion in May, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. It was the biggest deficit since the $59.5 billion shortfall posted in October 2008.

Imports fell 0.8% to $223.9 billion. Exports fell 2.3% to $170.9 billion, their largest drop since a 5.1% decline in January 2009.

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