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Exports rose by 1.5 percent overall as oil prices recovered slightly and the United States imported more natural gas. Exports of industrial machinery, equipment and parts jumped by 10.5 percent to hit a 15-year high.

Imports increased by 0.9 percent on higher imports of aircraft and other transportation equipment.

Exports to the United States, which accounted for 74.8 percent of Canada's global total, rose by 2.3 percent while imports advanced by 3.0 percent.

As a result, Canada's trade surplus with the United States dropped to C$1.57 billion from C$1.74 billion in March - the lowest surplus since December 1993.□

($1=$1.31 Canadian)

David Ljunggren, Reuters

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