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Exports

  • David Cameron claims that exports have increased 20 per cent – 20 April 2012
  • Office of National Statistics Monthly Review of External Trade Statistics – March 2012

In April 2012, David Cameron claimed:

“Since the election, exports are up by 20 per cent.”

It is difficult to see how the Prime Minister could have made this assertion.

According to the ONS the level of Exports in April 2010, immediately before the general election was £36.2 billion. This had risen to £41.8 billion at the time of the claim, an increase of only 15.5 per cent.

Indeed, exports were already £40.2 billion by January 2011 meaning that exports only grew by 4 per cent in the 14 months prior to the claim.

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