September 6, 2017 / 12:46 PM / 10 months ago

UPDATE 1-Canada trade deficit falls as strong C$ cuts value of imports

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OTTAWA, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Canada’s trade deficit shrank to C$3.04 billion ($2.45 billion) in July from C$3.76 billion in June, thanks in part to a stronger Canadian dollar that cut the value of imports, Statistics Canada said on Wednesday.

Analysts in a Reuters poll had predicted a shortfall of C$3.1 billion. In volume terms, imports fell by 2.3 percent while exports dropped by 1.1 percent.

The value of imports fell by 6.0 percent from June, with lower prices accounting for most of the decline. The Canadian dollar gained 3.6 U.S. cents against the greenback in July.

The more robust domestic currency also pushed down the value of exports, which dropped by 4.9 percent.

Many major exporters price their goods in U.S. dollars. That means they receive fewer Canadian dollars as the value of the currency increases.

Exports to the United States, which accounted for 75.5 percent of Canadian goods exports in July, fell by 3.2 percent while imports plunged by 6.7 percent. As a result, the trade surplus with the United States grew to C$2.90 billion from C$1.80 billion in June.

($1=$1.24 Canadian)

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by W Simon

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