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Australia trade surplus hits record in July as resources boom

Australia trade surplus hits record in July as resources boom

reuters.com · 09/01/2021 21:48
Australia trade surplus hits record in July as resources boom

- Australia's trade surplus widened to a record in July as exports of iron ore, coal and liquefied natural gas all rose strongly, a surprisingly upbeat result that bodes well for mining profits and tax receipts.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics out on Thursday showed the trade surplus climbed to A$12.1 billion ($8.91 billion) in July, from an already high A$11.1 billion in June, beating forecasts of A$10.2 billion.

Exports jumped 5% on the back of Asian demand for LNG and thermal coal, combined with sharply higher prices for iron ore. Imports rose 3%, largely due to a sharp increase in parts and accessories for telecommunications equipment.

Exports to China also hit a record of A$19.4 billion, having climbed 72% from July last year when pandemic restrictions were curbing global trade flows.



($1 = 1.3578 Australian dollars)


(Reporting by Wayne Cole; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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