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UK trade deficit widens in August

Staff Writer |
The UK trade deficit widened by GBP 0.7 billion to GBP 1.27 billion in August 2018 from an upwardly revised GBP 0.57 billion in the previous month and compared to market expectations of GBP 1.15 billion gap.

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It was the largest trade gap since May, as imports rose further than exports.

Imports advanced 2.4 percent to GBP 56.35 billion in August from GBP 55.02 billion in the previous month.

e increase was driven by a 3.1 percent gain in imports of goods and a 0.6 percent rise in services. Among purchases of goods, higher imports were recorded in chemicals (7.6 percent), fuels (7.9 percent), and both crude materials and beverages and tobacco (4.7 percent).

On the other hand, imports declined for animal and vegetable oils and fats (-3.1 percent), food and live animals (-0.6 percent), miscellaneous manufactures (-0.6 percent) and unspecific goods (-15.4 percent).

Among major trading partners, imports of goods from non-EU countries advanced 7.2 percent, while from the EU countries fell 0.5 percent.

Among trading partners, exports of goods to non-EU countries increased 1.7 percent and to the EU rose 1.1 percent.

In the three months to July, the trade deficit narrowed GBP 4.7 billion to GBP 2.8 billion, as exports of goods and services both rose faster than imports.

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