Steady growth exports

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the total volume of goods exports grew by 3.7 percent in August 2016 relative to August 2015. Growth was somewhat below the level of July. In August, exports of machinery and equipment rose noticeably. Exports of Dutch products and re-exports were higher than one year previously. The volume of imports in August was 4.0 percent up from August last year.

The CBS Exports Radar indicates that circumstances for exports are more favourable in October than in August and September.

Circumstances for Dutch exports more favourable in October than in August

According to the CBS Exports Radar, circumstances for Dutch exports are more favourable in October than in August. Conditions are largely determined by recent developments on the major export markets for Dutch products and by the competitive position of the Netherlands.

In the Exports Radar of October, exchange rate developments are more favourable than in August. Germany’s manufacturing industry is also performing better. However, Dutch manufacturers were more negative about their foreign order books.

Goods exports account for approximately three-quarters of total exports. CBS does not publish monthly data on exports of services. Data on total exports are published on a quarterly and annual basis. The data in this publication are provisional and can be subject to adjustments.