UK Trade Deficit Unchanged in October


Seasonally adjusted, the UK's deficit on trade in goods and services was estimated to have been £2.6 billion in October 2013, unchanged from the revised September 2013 estimate. Both exports and imports decreased slightly to £41.35 billion and £43.97 billion.

The deficit on trade in goods was £9.7 billion in October 2013. Exports of goods decreased by 1.3% between September and October 2013 to £24.7 billion. Imports for the same period fell by 1.9% to £34.4 billion. Exports of erratics, which are defined as ships, aircrafts, precious stones and silver, increased by 24.9% between September 2013 and October 2013. Trade in oil can also be volatile, and this month exports of oil decreased by 11.7%.

In October 2013, exports of goods to the European Union decreased by £0.5 billion to £12.1 billion, with half of the decrease attributed to oil. Imports from the EU decreased by £0.2 billion to £18.5 billion. Overall the trade in goods balance with the EU reached a record high deficit of £6.5 billion. Shipments of goods to countries outside of the EU increased by £0.2 billion to £12.6 billion. Imports decreased by £0.5 billion to £15.8 billion.

The deficit on trade in goods increased by £2.9 billion to £29.5 billion in the three months to October 2013, when compared with the previous three months. Exports of goods decreased by 4.1% to £74.9 billion but were 1.1% higher when compared with the same three months in 2012. Imports of goods decreased by 0.3% in the three months to October 2013 to £104.4 billion but were 1.5% higher when compared with the same three months in 2012.

For Q3 2013 both exports and imports of services have been revised as the latest quarterly survey estimates have been included. Exports of services reached a record high of £50.8 billion. This was revised from the estimated £49.6 billion published last month. Within exports, there were increases in other business services and insurance services. Imports of services in Q3 2013 were £28.6 billion, a decrease of £1.1 billion from £29.8 billion in Q2 2013. Imports of transport services, insurance services and other business services all decreased.

UK Trade Deficit Unchanged in October


Office for National Statistics | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
12/10/2013 4:41:58 PM