Trade flows continue to grow in the first quarter of 2010 but at a slower pace

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21/04/2010 - Merchandise trade volumes for the G7 countries as a whole continued to grow in the first quarter of 2010, but at a slower pace than in the fourth quarter of 2009.  Based on seasonally adjusted monthly data, merchandise trade values remain approximately 20% below pre-crisis levels in April and May. 

Total G7 merchandise trade in US$ billion (Customs data)

Seasonally adjusted data at current prices and exchange rates

Source: Monthly Statistics of International Trade, OECD

The next release for quarterly trade data will be published in October 2010.


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