The U.S. trade deficit widened more than analysts expected in February, growing by 7.4%, or $2.7 billion, to $39.7 billion, the Commerce Department reported yesterday.

The deficit widened as February exports rose just 0.2%, or about $300 million, to $143.2 billion while imports of goods and services jumped 1.7%, or $3.1 billion, to $182.9 billion.

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