Canada's trade deficit doubled in July as imports increased and exports declined, the government statistical agency said Wednesday.

The country registered a deficit of Can$931 million in the month, up from a revised Can$460 million in June. It was the fourth consecutive monthly trade deficit.

Imports grew to Can$40.1 billion, with more chemical, plastic and rubber products, as well as more metal and non-metallic mineral products entering Canada.

Exports, meanwhile, declined to Can$39.2 billion, led by aircraft, unwrought precious metals and precious metal alloys,

Trade with the United States, Canada's biggest trading partner, was up slightly.

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