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Welsh exports

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  • Release date: 3 December 2015
  • Period covered: Quarter 3 2015
  • Next update: March 2016
Data includes information by destination and product sector.

Welsh exports for the four quarters up to and including 2015 quarter 3 were down 8.6 per cent on the previous four quarters (sum of the UK countries and English regions down 0.8 per cent). Figures for 2015 quarter 3 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 3 fell by £1,185 million compared with the previous four quarters.
  • There was a fall in exports to EU countries of £1,031 million (16.8 per cent) and a fall in exports to non-EU countries of £154 million (2.0 per cent).   Exports to the EU accounted for 40.7 per cent of Welsh exports compared to 46.2 per cent for the sum of the UK countries and English regions.
  • Six of the twelve UK countries and English regions had increases with London having the largest increase (up 12.4 per cent) followed by the South West (up 8.8 per cent). The remaining six regions saw falls over this period, with the East having the largest fall (down 17.1 per cent) followed by Wales (down 8.6 per cent).
  • Between 1999 and the four quarters up to and including 2015 quarter 3 there was a 96.5 per cent increase in Welsh exports, the fifth largest increase of the UK countries and English regions. This compares with an increase of 71.1 per cent for the sum of the UK countries and English regions. All UK countries and English regions increased over this period.
  • Looking at 2015 quarter 3 in isolation, total exports (by value) for Wales were down on the corresponding quarter in 2014 by £62 million (down 2.0 per cent) to £2,985 million. Eight of the twelve UK countries and English regions had falls over this period. Scotland had the largest fall (down 14.7 per cent) whilst London had the largest increase (up 13.1 per cent).  Overall, the value of exports for the sum of the UK countries and English regions fell by 1.9 per cent.
  • Welsh exports for 2015 quarter 3 were lower in value than in the previous quarter (down £203 million or 6.4 per cent), whilst the sum of the UK countries and English regions fell by 9.3 per cent. Eleven of the twelve UK countries and English regions had falls over this period with the West Midlands having the largest fall (down 13.4 per cent). Northern Ireland was the only country/region to increase (up 3.9 per cent).

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

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