5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Aug 2015 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/09/2015   
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AUGUST KEY FIGURES

June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
1 069
1 222
1 129
Beverages and tobacco
243
276
265
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
275
249
207
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
2 707
2 541
2 363
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
40
66
54
Chemicals and related products, nes
2 281
2 401
2 347
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
3 026
3 010
2 643
Machinery and transport equipment
8 785
9 192
8 132
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
3 229
3 673
3 608
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
905
1 263
1 124
TOTAL
22 561
23 895
21 871





AUGUST KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, August 2015 imports on an international merchandise trade basis were $21,871m, a decrease of $2,024m (8%) on the revised July 2015 merchandise imports of $23,895m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms fell $670m (3%) between July and August 2015.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, goods debits rose $189m (1%) between July and August 2015 to $23,604m. This is the highest on record surpassing the revised April 2015 estimate of $23,423m.
  • Consumption goods rose $142m (2%), driven by consumption goods n.e.s, up $121m (5%).
  • Intermediate and other merchandise goods rose $62m (1%), driven by fuels and lubricants, up $548m (24%). This was partly offset by processed industrial supplies n.e.s., down $365 (13%) and other merchandise goods down $82m (74%).
  • Capital goods fell $41m (1%), driven by machinery and industrial equipment, down $291m (15%), civil aircraft and confidentialised items, down $156m (17%) and telecommunications equipment, down $77m (8%). This was partly offset by capital goods n.e.s., up $512m (145%).
  • Non-monetary gold rose $26m (8%).


REVISIONS
  • Revisions on an international merchandise trade basis have been applied back to February 2015.
  • The preliminary balance of payments debits estimates incorporate the latest available data.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimates of goods debits on a balance of payments basis have been revised as a result of the annual seasonal re-analysis. This re-analysis reviews the seasonal and trading day factors and assesses the appropriateness of any prior corrections.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
September 2015 20 October 2015
October 2015 18 November 2015
November 2015 17 December 2015
December 2015 19 January 2016



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