The United States’ trade deficit with the rest of the world widened by 8% to $68.1 billion in November, the Department of Commerce announced. This is its highest level since August 2006. This was a result of businesses boosting imports to replenish inventories. Imports rose by 2.9% to $252.3 billion. Goods imports jumped by 3.0% to $214.1 billion. Exports rose by 1.2% to $184.2 billion.