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Overseas Merchandise Trade: July 2012
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  24 August 2012
Key facts

For July 2012 compared with July 2011:

  • Exports rose $296 million (8.0 percent) to $4.0 billion.
  • Whole milk powder had the largest increase.
  • Imports rose $383 million (11 percent) to $4.0 billion.
  • Imports of all three main broad economic categories increased in value.
  • There was a small trade surplus of $15 million (0.4 percent of exports).
  • The trend for exports appears to have been increasing since April 2012.
  • The trend for import values is 3.8 percent below its peak, which was in September 2008.

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

Geoff Bascand 24 August 2012
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0320
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