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- Main points for November 2015
- Main figures for November 2015
- (i) Understanding and working with UK trade statistics
- (ii) Summary of latest UK Trade statistics
- (iii) Longer-term perspective
- (iv) Detailed commentary
- 1. Value of UK trade in goods
- 2. Trade in goods – analysis by area
- 3. Trade in goods – geographical analysis
- 4. Volume of total trade in goods, excluding oil and erratics
- 5. Export and import prices for trade in goods (not seasonally adjusted)
- 6. Trade in oil
- 7. Trade in services
- 8. Where to find more information about UK trade statistics
- 9. Revisions to trade statistics
- 10. Accuracy of the statistics
- 11. Other quality information
- 12. Records sheet
- Background notes
- Statistical contacts
Main points for November 2015
- UK trade shows import and export activity and is a main contributor to the overall economic growth of the UK. All data are shown on a seasonally adjusted, balance of payments basis, at current prices unless otherwise stated.
- The UK’s deficit on trade in goods and services was estimated to have been £3.2 billion in November 2015, a narrowing of £0.3 billion from October 2015. The narrowing is attributed to trade in goods where the deficit has narrowed from £11.2 billion in October 2015, to £10.6 billion in November 2015.
- Between October 2015 and November 2015, the trade in goods narrowing was mainly the result of a fall in the import of goods of £0.9 billion to £33.9 billion. The narrowing is mainly attributed to a fall in imports of oil which decreased by £0.5 billion to £2.2 billion.
- In November 2015, the balance of trade in oil was in deficit by £0.6 billion, a narrowing of £0.5 billion from October 2015. Oil exports were virtually unchanged; increasing by less than £0.1 billion to £1.6 billion between October and November, whilst imports decreased by £0.5 billion to £2.2 billion over the same period. The fall in imports resulted in the UK’s global oil deficit almost halving between October 2015 and November 2015.
- In the 3 months to November 2015, the UK’s deficit on trade in goods and services was estimated to have been £7.7 billion; narrowing by £1.0 billion from the 3 months to August 2015.
- Between the 3 months to August 2015 and the 3 months to November 2015, the trade in goods deficit narrowed by £0.8 billion to £30.6 billion. This narrowing was mainly attributed to a £2.4 billion fall in imports of unspecified goods.
- Between the 3 months to August 2015 and the 3 months to November 2015, the trade in services surplus widened by £0.1 billion to £23.0 billion.
Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.1.0.