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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Oct 2012 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/11/2012   
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OCTOBER KEY FIGURES

August 2012
September 2012
October 2012
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
859
811
922
Beverages and tobacco
194
184
209
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
226
172
292
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
3 761
3 178
3 502
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
57
42
36
Chemicals and related products, n.e.s.
2 125
1 923
2 240
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
2 498
2 088
2 414
Machinery and transport equipment
8 306
7 297
8 815
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 635
2 546
2 855
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
975
1 064
1 060
TOTAL
21 634
19 305
22 345





OCTOBER KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the October 2012 merchandise imports were $22,345m, an increase of $3,040m (16%) on the September 2012 merchandise imports of $19,305m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms rose $2,942m (15%) between September and October 2012.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, goods debits rose $771m (4%) from $20,413m in September 2012 to $21,184m in October 2012. Capital goods rose $674m (13%) driven by the capital goods n.e.s. component, up $491m (43%) and civil aircraft and confidentialised items component, up $130m (35%). Consumption goods rose $152m (3%) and intermediate and other merchandise goods rose $84m (1%). Non–monetary gold fell $138m (20%).


REVISIONS
  • Revisions have been made to the previous six months to incorporate the latest administrative data relating to international merchandise trade.
  • The preliminary balance of payments debits estimates incorporate the latest available data.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
November 2012 18 December 2012
December 2012 17 January 2013
January 2013 19 February 2013
February 2013 20 March 2013
March 2013 17 April 2013
April 2013 16 May 2013



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