5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, May 2015 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/06/2015   
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MAY KEY FIGURES

March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
1 021
1 049
1 060
Beverages and tobacco
253
217
239
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
328
231
255
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
2 407
2 642
2 682
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
48
56
51
Chemicals and related products, nes
2 430
2 312
2 050
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
2 485
2 511
2 692
Machinery and transport equipment
8 199
9 509
8 207
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 913
2 887
2 951
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
1 026
590
746
TOTAL
21 110
22 004
20 933





MAY KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, May 2015 imports on an international merchandise trade basis were $20,933m, a decrease of $1,071m (5%) on the revised April 2015 merchandise imports of $22,004m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms rose $921m (4%) between April and May 2015.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, goods debits fell $1,077m (5%) between April and May 2015 to $22,400m.
  • Capital goods fell $1,025m (17%), driven by machinery and industrial equipment, down $1,367m (46%).
  • Intermediate and other merchandise goods fell $113m (1%), driven by fuels and lubricants, down $165m (6%).
  • Consumption goods fell $28m, driven by consumption goods n.e.s., down $92m (4%).
  • Partly offsetting these falls was the non-monetary gold component, up $89m (31%).


REVISIONS
  • Revisions on an international merchandise trade basis have been applied back to July 2013.
  • The preliminary balance of payments debits estimates incorporate the latest available data.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

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June 2015 16 July 2015
July 2015 19 August 2015
August 2015 16 September 2015
September 2015 20 October 2015
October 2015 18 November 2015
November 2015 17 December 2015



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