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Trade: Key Economic Indicators

Published Thursday, January 12, 2017

Latest statistics on UK's trade performance and balance of payments.

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In 2015, the UK’s exports of goods and services totalled £517 billion and imports totalled £547 billion. The EU accounted for 44% of UK exports of goods and services in 2015 and 53% of imports.

Overall, the UK imports more than it exports meaning that it runs a trade deficit. A surplus on trade in services (£90 billion in 2015) was more than offset by a deficit on trade in goods (£120 billion in 2015). The overall trade deficit was £30 billion (1.6% of GDP) in 2015.

The trade deficit fell slightly to £11.0 billion in the three months to November 2016, compared to a £11.4 billion deficit in the previous three months. Exports increased by 2.9% in the last three months compared with the previous three months. Imports increased by 2.4%.


The current account, which includes investment income and transfers as well as trade, saw a deficit of £80 billion in 2015, down from £85 billion in 2014. This is a decrease from 4.7% of GDP to 4.3%.

The current account deficit was £25.5 billion in Q3 2016 (5.2% of GDP), up from £22.1 billion (4.6% of GDP) in Q2.


Commons Briefing papers SN02815

Author: Dominic Webb

Topics: Economic situation, International trade

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