The November trade deficit widened to $50.5 billion from a revised $48.9 billion deficit in October, first reported as a $48.7 billion shortfall, data released by the Commerce Department Friday morning showed.
Economists polled by IFR Markets expected a $48.1 billion deficit.
The November shortage was the highest since a $51 billion shortfall in January 2012.
The goods deficit widened to $70.9 billion from $69.2 billion
Imports and exports set record highs in November, as did chained goods exports and imports, which are inflation adjusted.
The November chained goods deficit widened to $66.7 billion from $65.6 billion in October.