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Welsh exports

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  • Release date: 4 June 2015
  • Period covered: Quarter 1 2015
  • Next update: March 2015
Data includes information by destination and product sector.

Welsh exports for the four quarters up to and including 2015 quarter 1 were down 12.3 per cent on the previous four quarters (sum of the UK countries and English regions down 5.2 per cent). Figures for 2015 quarter 1 in isolation were down on the same quarter in 2014 and down on the previous quarter.

Key points

  • The value of exports for Wales for the four quarters up to and including 2015 quarter 1 fell by £1,802 million compared with the previous four quarters.
  • There was a fall in exports to EU countries of £915 million (14.2 per cent) and a fall in exports to non-EU countries of £887 million (10.8 per cent). Exports to the EU accounted for 42.9 per cent of Welsh exports compared to 47.7 per cent for the sum of the UK countries and English regions.
  • Three of the twelve UK countries and English regions had increases with the North East having the largest increase (up 6.7 per cent) followed by the West Midlands (up 3.4 per cent). The remaining nine regions saw falls over this period, with London having the largest fall (down 17.4 per cent) followed by Wales (down 12.3 per cent).
  • Between 1999 and the four quarters up to and including 2015 quarter 1 there was a 101.4 per cent increase in Welsh exports, the fourth largest 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. No country or English region saw a fall over this period.
  • Looking at 2015 quarter 1 in isolation, total exports (by value) for Wales were down on the corresponding quarter in 2014 by £410 million (down 11.6 per cent) to £3,124 million. Six of the twelve UK countries and English regions had falls over this period. The East had the largest fall (down 26.1 per cent) whilst London had the largest increase (up 16.9 per cent).  Overall, the value of exports for the sum of the UK countries and English regions fell by 3.5 per cent.
  • Welsh exports for 2015 quarter 1 were lower in value than in the previous quarter (down £139 million or 4.3 per cent), whilst the sum of the UK countries and English regions fell by 5.9 per cent. All of the twelve UK countries and English regions had falls over this period with Scotland having the largest fall (down 17.2 per cent).

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