UK exports continue to rise
07 December 2018
New figures released yesterday (6 December) by HMRC reveal that in the year ending September 2018:
- Exports of goods from England increased by 3.1% to £247.6 billion
- in Scotland, goods exports increased by 6.2% to £29.6 billion
- in Wales, goods exports increased by 3.0% to £16.9 billion
- in Northern Ireland, goods exports decreased by 0.2% to £8.6 billion
Between July and September 2018, the average value of goods exported in the UK per exporter was £0.8m.
Businesses were also taking advantage of global interest as the number exporting to non-EU countries in the latest quarter rose to 49,000. The most popular non-EU destinations include USA, that 19.9% of exporters sold goods to, Australia (7.9%) and Switzerland (7.3%).
Comparing the year to the previous year, the growth in goods exports came from regions across the UK with the East Midlands seeing the greatest rise in the value of exports (up 10.9%) followed by Yorkshire and the Humber (8.6%) and South West (6.3%).
International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP said:
"The continued rise in exports across the country is fantastic news for Britain – driving job creation and prosperity.
"More than 110,000 businesses are expanding their horizons and making the most of the demand for quality British goods.
"Through our Export Strategy, my international economic department has set out an offer for all businesses to ensure they are able to make the most of the global opportunities this presents."
Separate figures released this week by the ONS show the UK remains a top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI), with inward stock at the highest level since records began 12 years ago.
The figures show stocks from across Asia have increased by more than 33% in 2017 to £128bn and stocks from Japan increased by 71% to £78bn.
The greatest growth from any country has come from Indian investors, rising 321% to £8bn.