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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, May 2012 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/06/2012   
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MAY KEY FIGURES

March 2012
April 2012
May 2012
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
719
712
774
Beverages and tobacco
134
146
153
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
188
255
182
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
3 932
3 249
3 754
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
58
45
43
Chemicals and related products, nes
2 213
1 943
2 093
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 846
1 950
2 260
Machinery and transport equipment
8 617
7 500
8 175
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 241
2 139
2 404
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
858
876
890
TOTAL
20 805
18 815
20 728





MAY KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the May 2012 merchandise imports were $20,728m, an increase of $1,913m (10%) on the April 2012 merchandise imports of $18,815m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms rose $1,988m (10%) between April 2012 and May 2012. In seasonally adjusted terms, goods debits rose $808m (4%) from $21,060m in April 2012 to $21,868m in May 2012. Intermediate and other merchandise goods rose $515m (6%), driven by the fuels and lubricants component, up $492m (16%). Capital goods rose $176m (3%), non-monetary gold rose $108m (27%) and consumption goods rose $10m.


REVISIONS
  • Revisions have been made to the previous six months to incorporate the latest administrative data relating to international merchandise trade.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
June 2012 17 July 2012
July 2012 20 August 2012
August 2012 18 September 2012
September 2012 18 October 2012
October 2012 20 November 2012
November 2012 18 December 2012



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