The value of UK trade decreased for both EU imports and exports, with imports falling by £2.5 billion, and exports by £1.0 billion against November 2013 totals. Compared to December 2012, imports rose by £1.2 billion and exports by £0.5 billion.
There is a decrease of 22.0 per cent in the trade gap (i.e. the difference between UK imports from, and exports to the EU) when compared to November 2013. This difference is now £6.9 billion. This is the largest drop in the trade gap since January 2009.
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The UK’s EU exports for December 2013 total £11.6 billion. This is a decrease of £1.0 billion (7.9 per cent) compared to November 2013. However, it is an increase of £0.5 billion (4.3 per cent) compared to December 2012.
The UK’s EU imports for December 2013 total £16.7 billion. This is a decrease of £2.5 billion (12.8 per cent) compared to November 2013. However, it is an increase of £1.2 billion (7.9 per cent) compared to December 2012.
The UK remains a net importer (imports are greater than exports). The size of the difference between imports and exports is £5.2 billion. This is a decrease of £1.5 billion (22.0 per cent) compared to November 2013.
The first estimate of total EU exports for 2013 is £150.8 billion compared with £149.8 billion in 2012. This is an increase of 0.7 per cent.
The first estimate of total EU imports for 2013 is £216.8 billion compared with £207.0 billion in 2012. This is an increase of 4.7 per cent.
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Date of Next Release (EU): 18 March 2014
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