WASHINGTON — The U.S. international trade deficit reached $51.8 billion in March, a 14.1% increase from the revised $45.4 billion deficit for February, originally reported as $46.0 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

The March deficit was greater than the median $50.0 billion deficit estimated by economists polled by Thomson Reuters, and resulted from total exports of a record high $186.8 billion and imports of $238.6 billion.

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