The Index of Manufactured Exports (IME) is a quarterly publication measuring growth, in real terms, of overseas export sales by the manufacturing sector in Scotland.
The latest estimates, relating to the fourth quarter of 2012, were published on 24 April 2013, and can be accessed using the links on the right.
- Scottish manufactured export sales fell by 1.4 per cent in real terms during the fourth quarter of 2012.
- On an annual basis, comparing the most recent four quarters to the previous four (4Q-on-4Q), exports fell by 2.9 per cent in real terms.
- The largest contributors to the quarterly contraction were the Chemicals, Coke, Refined Petroleum Products & Nuclear Fuel sector, which experienced a decline in exports by 3.6 per cent in the latest quarter, and the Engineering & Allied Industries, which saw exports falling by 4.5 per cent from the previous quarter.
- Exports from the Food, Drink & Tobacco industry rose by 1.5 per cent in the final quarter of 2012, driven by an expansion in Drink exports by 1.7 per cent during the three months to the end of December 2012.
- Full results for all manufacturing sectors dating back to 2002 are published in the Excel Tables accompanying the Statistical Bulletin.