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5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Jan 2009  
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24/02/2009 Note: Preliminary analysis shows that goods imports (debits) on a balance of payments basis decreased by $1,713m (8%) in seasonally adjusted terms between December 2008 and January 2009. Intermediate and other merchandise goods fell $1,059m (12%) with fuels and lubricants down $322m (15%), processed industrial supplies n.e.s. down $320m (16%) and iron and steel down $226m (33%). Capital goods fell $802m (15%). Consumption goods fell $182m (3%). Other goods rose $329m (30%) with non monetary gold up $181m (23%).


JANUARY KEY FIGURES

November 2008
December 2008
January 2009
$m
$m
$m

Food and live animals
781
844
770
Beverages and tobacco
187
173
130
Crude materials, inedible, except fuels
287
277
252
Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials
2 557
2 289
2 057
Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes
79
46
49
Chemicals and related products, nes
2 068
2 109
1 884
Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material
2 623
2 408
2 098
Machinery and transport equipment
7 832
7 448
6 122
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2 783
2 571
2 425
Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere in the SITC
1 689
1 957
1 475
TOTAL
20 887
20 121
17 261





JANUARY KEY POINTS


ORIGINAL ESTIMATES
  • In original terms, the January 2009 merchandise imports were $17,261m, a decrease of $2,860m (14%) on the revised December 2008 merchandise imports of $20,121m.


PRELIMINARY BALANCE OF PAYMENTS GOODS IMPORTS
  • The preliminary estimate of balance of payments goods debits (imports) for January 2009 is not available for the release of this issue. This estimate will be available from the ABS web site on 24 February 2009 as Additional Information on the summary tab of this issue.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
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
July 2009 20 August 2009



INQUIRIES

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