A surge in imports and skyrocketing oil prices pushed the U.S. trade deficit in April to $60.9 billion, government data showed June 10.
The monthly jump in the trade gap by 7.8% was the largest since September 2005 and was higher than economists' estimates of $60 billion.
The Commerce Department report showed a surge of $9.4 billion in imports, including $5.4 billion for oil and related products, outstripping the increase in exports of $5 billion.
The trade deficit with China leapt 25.9% to $20.2 billion, representing one-third of the overall gap.
Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2008