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  • Release date: 7 June 2016
  • Period covered: Quarter 1 2016
  • Next update: September 2016
Data includes information by destination and product sector.

The value of exports for Wales for the four quarters up to and including 2016 quarter 1 fell by £827 million compared with the previous four quarters.

Key points

  • There was a fall in exports to EU countries of £740 million (13.4 per cent) and a fall in exports to non-EU countries of £87 million (1.2 per cent). Exports to the EU accounted for 39.8 per cent of Welsh exports compared to 47.0 per cent for the sum of the UK countries and English regions.
  • Five of the twelve UK countries and English regions had increases with South West having the largest increase (up 11.0 per cent) followed by the Northern Ireland (up 9.0 per cent). The remaining seven regions saw falls over this period, with Scotland having the largest fall (down 11.4 per cent) followed by the East (down 7.7 per cent).
  • Between 1999 and the four quarters up to and including 2016 quarter 1 there was a 88.6 per cent increase in Welsh exports, the sixth largest increase of the UK countries and English regions. This compares with an increase of 69.1 per cent for the sum of the UK countries and English regions. Scotland was the only country/region to decrease (down 2.2 per cent).
  • Looking at 2016 quarter 1 in isolation, total exports (by value) for Wales were down on the corresponding quarter in 2015 by £152 million (down 4.9 per cent) to £2,977 million. Eight of the twelve UK countries and English regions had falls over this period. Yorkshire and the Humber had the largest fall (down 14.3 per cent) whilst the Northern Ireland had the largest increase (up 16.7 per cent). Overall, the value of exports for the sum of the UK countries and English regions fell by 1.8 per cent.
  • Welsh exports for 2016 quarter 1 were higher in value than in the previous quarter (up £83 million or 2.9 per cent), whilst the sum of the UK countries and English regions fallen by 2.7 per cent. Nine of the twelve UK countries and English regions had falls over this period with Scotland having the largest fall. Northern Ireland had the biggest increase (up 11.3 per cent), followed by Wales.

The detailed dataset on StatsWales will be updated to include these new data as soon as possible.

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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