Wilfredo Lee, Associated Press
In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016, photo, the container ship Tropic Carib is shown docked at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach, Fla. On Friday, Aug. 5, the Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade gap for June.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit increased to the highest point in 10 months, driven up by a big rise in imports of oil and Chinese-made computers, cell phones and clothing.

The Commerce Department says the deficit rose to $44.5 billion in June, 8.7 percent higher than a revised May deficit of $41 billion. It was the biggest gap between what America sells abroad and what the country imports since a $44.6 billion deficit last August.

Exports, which have struggled this year because of the strong dollar and global weakness, edged up 0.3 percent to $183.2 billion. Imports rose a faster 1.9 percent to $227.7 billion, led by a 19.4 percent jump in petroleum imports.

The politically sensitive deficit with China increased to $29.8 billion, the highest in seven months.