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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Dec 2010 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/01/2011   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
777
812
762
Beverages and tobacco
167
161
175
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
222
239
212
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
2 231
2 556
3 004
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
48
45
50
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 952
1 912
1 845
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 917
1 934
1 836
Machinery and transport equipment
6 977
7 559
6 914
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 520
2 584
2 240
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
837
1 351
1 108
TOTAL
17 648
19 152
18 146





DECEMBER KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the December 2010 merchandise imports were $18,146m, a decrease of $1,006m (5%) on the November 2010 merchandise imports of $19,152m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms decreased $874m (5%). In seasonally adjusted terms goods debits increased $238m (1%) from $17,672m in November 2010 to $17,910m in December 2010. Intermediate and other merchandise goods rose $642m (8%) with the fuels and lubricants component up $426m (17%) and the other merchandise goods component up $169m. Non-monetary gold fell $201m (34%), capital goods fell $155m (4%) and consumption goods fell $49m (1%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
January 2011 17 February 2011
February 2011 21 March 2011
March 2011 19 April 2011
April 2011 18 May 2011
May 2011 21 June 2011
June 2011 19 July 2011



INQUIRIES

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