Overseas Trade Statistics
Date: 10 July 2018
Coverage: United Kingdom
Theme: Business & Energy
In May 2018 the value of exports (EU and Non-EU) increased to £30.1 billion, and imports (EU and Non-EU) increased to £39.9 billion, compared with last month. Consequently the UK is a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £9.8 billion.
- Total trade in goods exports for May 2018 were £30.1 billion. This was an increase of £2.1 billion (7.6 per cent) compared with last month, and an increase of £1.3 billion (4.6 per cent) compared with May 2017.
- Total trade in goods imports for May 2018 were £39.9 billion. This was an increase of £0.7 billion (1.8 per cent) compared with last month, but a decrease of £0.6 billion (1.4 per cent) compared with May 2017.
- The UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £9.8 billion.
- A breakdown of Gold trade for May 2018 is available here.
Further analysis is available from the tabs at the top of this release, while the full monthly commentary and aggregate data tables can be downloaded below.
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|Overseas Trade Statistics(Commentary)||Combined||May 2018||10 Jul 2018||View Release|
Date of Next Release: 10 August 2018
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Although care is taken when processing and analysing the business returns that make up the OTS, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system. While the data published have been checked as far as is practicable, they should be regarded as approximate and not necessarily accurate to the last whole number shown in the tables. They are fit to be used for purposes such as trend analysis and for comparing the relative magnitude of components.
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