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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Aug 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/09/2011   
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AUGUST KEY FIGURES

June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
738
687
866
Beverages and tobacco
112
132
168
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
224
288
238
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
3 504
3 069
3 394
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
40
38
47
Chemicals and related products, nes
1 898
2 040
2 128
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
2 014
2 107
2 599
Machinery and transport equipment
6 899
8 183
7 434
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 228
2 223
2 582
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
740
950
1 064
TOTAL
18 398
19 715
20 521





AUGUST KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the August 2011 merchandise imports were $20,521m, an increase of $806m (4%) on the July 2011 merchandise imports of $19,715m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods debits (imports) on a balance of payments basis in original terms rose $1,604m (8%) between July and August 2011. In seasonally adjusted terms goods debits rose $733m (4%) from $19,437m in July 2011 to $20,170m in August 2011. Intermediate and other merchandise goods rose $617m (7%). This increase was driven by the fuels and lubricants component up $325m (11%), following a fall of $457m (14%) between June and July 2011, and the processed industrial supplies n.e.s. component up $242m (11%) between July and August 2011. Consumption goods rose $194m (4%) and non-monetary gold rose $6m (1%). Capital goods fell $83m (2%).


REVISIONS
  • The merchandise imports series have been revised for the previous six months to incorporate the latest administrative data.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
September 2011 19 October 2011
October 2011 17 November 2011
November 2011 19 December 2011
December 2011 18 January 2012
January 2012 20 February 2012
February 2012 21 March 2012



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