WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit expanded in November to $36.4 billion, exceeding analysts’ estimates, as exports reached their highest level in a year, the Commerce Department reported yesterday.

U.S. November imports of goods and services increased 2.6% to $174.6 billion, the highest level since December 2008. Exports, in the seventh consecutive gain, rose 0.9% to $138.2 billion.

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