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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Dec 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/01/2009   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

October 2008
November 2008
December 2008
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
823
781
844
Beverages and tobacco
196
187
175
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
312
287
278
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
3 450
2 571
2 291
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
53
79
46
Chemicals and related products, nes
2 336
2 068
2 109
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
2 674
2 624
2 408
Machinery and transport equipment
8 075
7 833
7 450
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 928
2 784
2 572
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
956
1 689
1 957
TOTAL
21 803
20 902
20 130





DECEMBER KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the December 2008 merchandise imports were $20,130m, a decrease of $772m (4%) on the revised November 2008 merchandise imports of $20,902m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis decreased by $432m (2%) in seasonally adjusted terms between November and December 2008. Other goods fell $766m (41%) with non monetary gold down $668m (45%). Intermediate and other merchandise goods fell $623m (7%) with fuels and lubricants down $334m (14%) and parts for transport equipment down $102m (12%). Capital goods rose $872m (20%) and Consumption goods rose $85m (2%).


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
January 2009 18 February 2009
February 2009 19 March 2009
March 2009 21 April 2009
April 2009 20 May 2009
May 2009 18 June 2009
June 2009 16 July 2009



INQUIRIES

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