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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Aug 2012 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/09/2012   
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AUGUST KEY FIGURES

June 2012
July 2012
August 2012
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
711
800
859
Beverages and tobacco
132
160
194
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
160
239
226
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
2 963
3 181
3 774
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
32
45
57
Chemicals and related products, n.e.s.
2 013
2 201
2 125
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
2 156
2 231
2 501
Machinery and transport equipment
8 401
8 000
8 307
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 176
2 555
2 635
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
1 161
1 071
974
TOTAL
19 904
20 482
21 652





AUGUST KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the August 2012 merchandise imports were $21,652m, an increase of $1,170m (6%) on the July 2012 merchandise imports of $20,482m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms rose $96m between July and August 2012. In seasonally adjusted terms, goods debits fell $373m (2%) from $21,617m in July 2012 to $21,244m in August 2012. Intermediate and other merchandise goods fell $360m (4%), driven by the fuels and lubricants component, down $451m (13%). Consumption goods rose $107m (2%) and capital goods rose $10m. Non–monetary gold fell $130m (24%).


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
September 2012 18 October 2012
October 2012 20 November 2012
November 2012 18 December 2012
December 2012 17 January 2013
January 2013 19 February 2013
February 2013 20 March 2013



INQUIRIES

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