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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Aug 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/09/2009   
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AUGUST KEY FIGURES

June 2009
July 2009
August 2009
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
664
818
681
Beverages and tobacco
113
138
138
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
157
139
182
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
2 092
2 496
1 917
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
37
49
53
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 787
1 932
1 642
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
1 605
1 773
1 722
Machinery and transport equipment
6 293
6 452
5 827
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 161
2 372
2 285
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
775
547
1 055
TOTAL
15 684
16 715
15 502




AUGUST KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the August 2009 merchandise imports were $15,502m, a decrease of $1,213m (7%) on the revised July 2009 merchandise imports of $16,715m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis decreased by $658m (4%) in seasonally adjusted terms from $16,844m in July 2009 to $16,186m in August 2009. Intermediate and other merchandise goods fell $728m (10%) with fuels and lubricants down $592m (24%), consumption goods fell $305m (6%) while non-monetary gold rose $289m (90%) and capital goods rose $85m (2%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
September 2009 20 October 2009
October 2009 18 November 2009
November 2009 17 December 2009
December 2009 19 January 2010
January 2010 18 February 2010
February 2010 18 March 2010



INQUIRIES

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