Export Growth Broad Based in the September Quarter
The value of Australia's exports of goods and services
rose to $53.5 billion in September quarter 2006, a one per cent
rise in seasonally adjusted terms. For the 12 months to September
2006, exports were 18 per cent higher at $204.1 billion.
Exports growth in the September quarter was broad based with
rises in most export categories. Exports of rural goods rose four
per cent to $6.7 billion (with export volumes up five per cent),
resulting from strong growth in cereal exports. Exports of minerals
and fuels rose two per cent to $18.1 billion (with export volumes
up three per cent). Exports of manufactures rose 3 per cent to
$10.8 billion, with Simply Transformed manufactures (STM) down four
per cent and Elaborately Transformed Manufactures (ETM) up four per
cent. Exports of services grew three per cent to $11.2 billion,
with rises in Transportation, Travel and Other services. These
increases were partly offset by a fall in gold exports, down 23 per
cent to $2.5 billion.
The export results are contained in the Summer 2006 issue of Trade Topics: A Quarterly Review of Australia's
International Trade, released today by the Department of
Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Trade Topics, brings together a range of statistical
information produced by Australian government agencies and
international organisations, together with analysis of the latest
trade developments, designed to keep Australians informed of market
conditions and trends.
The Summer 2006 issue of Trade Topics features a number
of trade-related articles. They include articles on
Australia's trade with Thailand and Singapore. They outline
the key factors that have influenced our trade with these two
countries, including since the entry into force of the
Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) in January 2005 and
the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) in July 2003.
The next article outlines Australia's high and rising
resources exports to China and India and their different resource
requirements. The last article, APEC 2006, reports on outcomes from
the Political Leaders meeting at this year's Asia Pacific
Economic Cooperation (APEC).
Trade Topics includes quarterly and annual data on
Australia's trade in goods and services by commodity, market,
level of processing, and State and Territory as well as selected
macroeconomic, commodity price and investment information.
The publication is one of a series of trade publications
published each year by DFAT. Copies can be purchased through the
Market Information and Analysis Section (ph 02 6261 3114, fax 02
6261 3321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
The analysis and summary tables from publications, and an order
form, are available at: www.dfat.gov.au/publications/statistics.html.
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