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Overseas Merchandise Trade: August 2012
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  26 September 2012
Key facts

For August 2012 compared with August 2011:

  • Exports were down $116 million (3.4 percent) to $3.3 billion.
  • Mechanical machinery and equipment and crude oil had the largest decreases.
  • Imports were down $17 million (0.4 percent) to $4.1 billion.
  • Imports of all three main broad economic categories decreased in value. 
  • There was a trade deficit of $789 million (24 percent of exports).
  • The trend for exports appears to have been increasing since March 2012.
  • The trend for imports has been flat in recent months.

Graph, Merchandise trend values, monthly, June 2006 to August 2012.

 

Geoff Bascand 26 September 2012
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0320
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