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Welsh exports

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  • Release date: 12 April 2016
  • Period covered: Quarter 4 2015
  • Next update: 7 June 2016
Data includes information by destination and product sector.

Welsh exports for the four quarters up to and including 2015 quarter 4 were down 8.2 per cent on the previous four quarters (sum of the UK countries and English regions down 0.9 per cent). Figures for 2015 quarter 4 in isolation were down on the same quarter in 2014 and on the previous quarter.

Key points

  • The value of exports for Wales for the four quarters up to and including 2015 quarter 4 fell by £1,091 million compared with the previous four quarters.
  • There was a fall in exports to EU countries of £737 million (12.8 per cent) and a fall in exports to non-EU countries of £354 million (4.7 per cent). Exports to the EU accounted for 41.2 per cent of Welsh exports compared to 46.5 per cent for the sum of the UK countries and English regions.
  • Five of the twelve UK countries and English regions had increases with London having the largest increase (up 13.0 per cent) followed by the South West (up 10.6 per cent). The remaining seven regions saw falls over this period, with the East having the largest fall (down 13.8 per cent) followed by Scotland (down 11.0 per cent).
  • Between 1999 and the four quarters up to and including 2015 quarter 4 there was a 90.8 per cent increase in Welsh exports, the sixth largest increase of the UK countries and English regions. This compares with an increase of 69.7 per cent for the sum of the UK countries and English regions. Scotland was the only country/region to decrease (down 0.8 per cent).
  • Looking at 2015 quarter 4 in isolation, total exports (by value) for Wales were down on the corresponding quarter in 2014 by £377 million (down 11.6 per cent) to £2,886 million. Nine of the twelve UK countries and English regions had falls over this period. Scotland had the largest fall (down 15.2 per cent) whilst the South West had the largest increase (up 10.5 per cent). Overall, the value of exports for the sum of the UK countries and English regions fell by 4.3 per cent.
  • Welsh exports for 2015 quarter 4 were lower in value than in the previous quarter (down £111 million or 3.7 per cent), whilst the sum of the UK countries and English regions increased by 4.8 per cent. Four of the twelve UK countries and English regions had falls over this period with Wales having the largest fall. The West Midlands had the biggest increase (up 16.0 per cent).

Key results and StatsWales are published quarterly and a report will be published every 6 months.

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Email: economic.stats@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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