Imports to Australia increased 2 percent month-over-month to AUD 35.84 billion in May 2019. Purchases of capital goods advanced 5 percent to AUD 7.0 billion, namely civil aircraft and confidentialised items (67 percent), machinery and industrial equipment (5 percent), and telecommunications equipment (6 percent). In addition, imports of intermediate goods and other merchandise goods grew 1 percent to AUD 11.19 billion, mainly driven by fuels and lubricants (8 percent). Also, purchases of non-monetary gold surged 17 percent to AUD 478 million, and that of services went up 1 percent to AUD 8.34 billion, mostly led by maintenance and repair services n.i.e. (64 percent), and transport (2 percent). Conversely, imports of consumption goods dropped 1 percent to AUD 8.87 billion, mainly due to textiles, clothing and footwear (-7%), and non-industrial transport equipment (-3 percent). Imports in Australia averaged 11849.72 AUD Million from 1971 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 35996 AUD Million in November of 2018 and a record low of 393 AUD Million in May of 1972.