WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly widened in October to a record as imports accelerated and exports declined for the second month in a row, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

The shortfall in goods and services grew to $25.9 billion, from $24.2 billion during September, in part because the deficits with Japan and China each widened to a record $7.2 billion. Analysts had expected a $24.4 billion trade gap in October.

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