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Manufactured exports - Quarter 4, 2008

01/04/2009

Scotland's Chief Statistician today announced the release of the Scottish Manufactured Exports Estimates for the Fourth Quarter of 2008. This quarterly publication measures growth, in real terms, of overseas exports by manufacturing companies located in Scotland.

The main findings are:

  • There was a fall of 9.6 per cent in the level of Scottish manufactured export sales in the fourth quarter of 2008 (seasonally adjusted). The level of Scottish manufactured export sales decreased by 2.8 per cent in real terms over the year to 2008 Q4
  • Over the quarter, declines in exports were observed in all industries. The greatest declines were in food, drink & tobacco (-20.2 per cent), metals & metal products (-10.5 per cent), and engineering & allied industries (-5.6 per cent), with chemicals, coke, refined petroleum & nuclear fuel (-7.0 per cent), textiles, fur & leather (-3.8 per cent), wood, paper, publishing & printing (-2.6 per cent), and other manufacturing (-2.7 per cent) also showing declines
  • Over the year to December 2008, export sales fell in engineering & allied industries (-2.9 per cent), food, drink & tobacco (-3.5 per cent), chemicals, coke, refined petroleum & nuclear fuel (-3.6 per cent), textiles, fur & leather (-8.1%), metals & metal products (-1.5 per cent), and wood, paper, publishing & printing (-0.6 per cent). However, export sales in the other manufacturing industries grew by 5.2 per cent in real terms over the year

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