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Overseas Merchandise Trade: August 2014
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  24 September 2014
Key facts

For August 2014 compared with August 2013:

  • Exports rose $227 million (6.9 percent) to $3.5 billion.
  • Live animals and milk powder, butter, and cheese led the rise.
  • Imports were down $536 million (12 percent) to $4.0 billion.  
  • All main imports categories fell.
  • There was a trade deficit of $472 million (13 percent of exports). 
  • The trend for exports has been falling since January 2014.

Graph, Merchandise exports, imports, and trade balance, August months, 2005 to 2014.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0320
24 September 2014

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