The US external deficit in September reached a maximum in the last 7 months - a value of 54 billion 19 million dollars. The growth rate for the month was 1.3%, the US Department of Commerce reported. According to economists' forecasts, a less significant growth was expected - to 53 billion 600 million dollars. Exports amounted to 212 billion 600 million dollars, rising by 1.5% due to an increase in the supply of aircraft, automobiles, petroleum products and products of the pharmaceutical industry. Imports also grew by 1.5%, reaching a record $266 billion 600 million. The balance of trade deficit with China increased to a record 40 billion 200 million dollars.