Total exports increased by 1.3 percent (£0.6 billion) to £42.7 billion, attributed to goods; specifically chemicals which increased by £0.6 billion and finished manufactures which increased by £0.4 billion.
Total imports decreased by 2.2 percent (£1.0 billion) to £44.0 billion over the same period. This decrease comprised a £0.1 billion fall in the import of services and a £0.9 billion fall in the import of goods.
The deficit on trade in goods was £9.4 billion in September 2015; narrowing by £1.4 billion when compared with August 2015.
Exports of goods to EU countries fell by 2.1 percent (£0.2 billion) in September 2015 with exports of oil falling by £0.4 billion. Imports to the EU increased by 0.5 percent (£0.1 billion); mainly due to a rise in imports of aircraft. Sales to countries outside the EU increased by 6.8 percent (£0.8 billion), boosted by chemical exports which increased by £0.5. Imports fell by 6.1 percent (£1.0 billion); specifically unspecified goods which fell by £1.0 billion.
Considering quarter 3, the UK’s deficit on trade in goods and services was estimated to have been £8.5 billion; widening by £5.1 billion when compared with quarter 2 2015. Exports of goods fell 7.9 percent, reflecting decreases in shipments of oil (£1.3 billion), chemicals (£1.1 billion) and finished manufactures (£1.7 billion).