UK Statistics

UK Trade, March 2013

Statistical bulletin: UK Trade, March 2013

Released: 10 May 2013 Download PDF



March 2013

  • UK Trade shows the extent of import and export activity; a key contributor to the overall economic growth of the UK.
  • Seasonally adjusted, the UK’s deficit on trade in goods and services was estimated to have been £3.1 billion in March, compared with a deficit of £3.4 billion in February.
  • There was a deficit of £9.1 billion on goods, partly offset by an estimated surplus of £5.9 billion on services.
  • The value of UK exports increased by 3.5% between February 2013 and March 2013. The value of imports increased by 2.6% over the same period. Monthly figures tend to be volatile. Although exports in March were the highest since July 2012 the broad pattern remains flat, as has been the case since Autumn 2011.
  • The widening of the deficit with the EU in the first quarter came mainly from trade with Germany and the Netherlands. The deficit on trade with Italy reduced slightly while the UK’s surplus in trade in goods with Ireland rose with an increase in the level of exports. Outside the EU, the UK’s surplus in trade with the US improved by around £1.1 billion in the first quarter, largely due to a recovery in exports.

Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.1.0.

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