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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Feb 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/03/2009   
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FEBRUARY KEY FIGURES

December 2008
January 2009
February 2009
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
845
770
628
Beverages and tobacco
173
130
110
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
278
251
138
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
2 335
2 033
2 037
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
46
49
40
Chemicals and related products, nes
2 109
1 884
1 816
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
2 407
2 098
1 859
Machinery and transport equipment
7 440
6 120
5 252
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 570
2 423
2 067
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
1 957
1 428
2 630
TOTAL
20 160
17 186
16 577




FEBRUARY KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the February 2009 merchandise imports were $16,577m, a decrease of $609m (4%) on the revised January 2009 merchandise imports of $17,186m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis decreased by $18m in seasonally adjusted terms between January 2009 and February 2009. Consumption goods fell $691m (13%) with non-industrial transport equipment down $227m (22%) and consumption goods n.e.s. down $143m (8%). Intermediate and other merchandise goods fell $264m (4%). Other goods rose $619m (43%) with non-monetary gold up $782m (79%). Capital goods rose $318m (7%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
March 2009 21 April 2009
April 2009 20 May 2009
May 2009 18 June 2009
June 2009 16 July 2009
July 2009 20 August 2009
August 2009 17 September 2009



INQUIRIES

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