Friday, October 15, 2010


Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Companies in the U.S. are buying more foreign-made 
semiconductors and cars as they invest in equipment and build stockpiles, 
while also keeping a tight rein on payrolls, reports today showed.

The trade deficit widened 8.8 percent to $46.3 billion in August from 
$42.6 billion the prior month as a rise in imports swamped gains in exports, 
Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The number of 
Americans filing claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly climbed by 13,000 to 
462,000 last week, according to the Labor Department.

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