Overseas Trade Statistics - EU Latest Release
Date: 16 October 2012
Coverage: United Kingdom
Theme: Business & Energy
The value of UK trade decreased for both imports and exports in August 2012 compared to the previous month. This follows a trend seen over the last few years and is due to a summer shutdown in many companies in August.
The monthly export value is the lowest since August 2010, and the import value is the lowest since December 2011. The value of imports fell more than the value of exports. This resulted in a slight decrease in the difference between UK imports from the EU and exports to the EU. This difference is now £5.0 billion, £80 million lower than last month’s largest monthly difference in recent years of £5.1 billion.
You can find details of how users interested in import and export markets for specific goods make use of the detailed OTS data in 'The User Story'. You can also access the detailed data in our interactive database here.
- UK’s EU exports have decreased by £1.0 billion (8.0 per cent) compared to July 2012, to £11.2 billion. Compared to August 2011 exports have decreased by £0.8 billion (6.4 per cent).
- UK’s EU imports have decreased by £1.1 billion (6.1 per cent) compared to July 2012, to £16.2 billion. Compared to August 2011 imports increased by £0.5 billion (3.0 per cent).
- The UK remains a net importer (imports are greater than exports). The size of difference between imports and exports (£5.0 billion) has decreased by 1.6 per cent compared to July 2012, but when compared to August 2011 the gap has increased by 32.8 per cent.
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|Overseas Trade Statistics(Export)||Aug 2012||16 Oct 2012||View Release|
|Overseas Trade Statistics(Commentary)||Aug 2012||16 Oct 2012||View Release|
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Date of Next Release (EU): 13 November 2012
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