Sustained growth exports

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the total volume of goods exports grew by 3.3 percent in May 2017 relative to May 2016. Growth was above the level of April, when exports were 2.5 percent up from one year previously. The volume of imports also showed substantial growth: from 0.5 percent in April to 6 percent in May. In May 2017, exports of chemical and metal products and machinery increased significantly.

The CBS Exports Radar indicates that circumstances for exports have improved in July compared to May.

Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
 % change
2013 J3.5
2013 J2.3
2013 A2.8
2013 S-0.2
2013 O-0.6
2013 N1.8
2013 D0.2
2014 J0.9
2014 F3.7
2014 M2
2014 A3.9
2014 M-0.9
2014 J4.1
2014 J3.6
2014 A0.7
2014 S6.3
2014 O3.3
2014 N3
2014 D6
2015 J7.7
2015 F5.2
2015 M4
2015 A5.9
2015 M6.2
2015 J5.2
2015 J5.9
2015 A7.2
2015 S4
2015 O6.2
2015 N4.9
2015 D4.5
2016 J4.7
2016 F4
2016 M5.9
2016 A6
2016 M7.1
2016 J4.6
2016 J3.5
2016 A4.1
2016 S5.6
2016 O4.5
2016 N5.4
2016 D6.2
2017 J2.2
2017 F5.4
2017 M7.5
2017 A2.5
2017 M3.3

Circumstances for Dutch exports more favourable in June

According to the CBS Exports Radar, circumstances for Dutch exports are more favourable in July than in May. Conditions are strongly affected by recent developments on the major export markets for Dutch products and by the competitive position of the Netherlands.

In July’s Exports Radar, manufacturing output in Germany and European manufacturers’ opinions about the foreign order they received improved significantly. Compared to May, producer confidence in Germany and Europe grew notably.

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.

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