Rebalancing of UK economy towards exports still too slow
16th August 2012
UK trade deficit in goods and services was £4.
3bn in June, compared with a deficit of £2.7bn in May Commenting on the trade figures for June, published today by the ONS, David Kern, Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: -It is disappointing to see such a large trade deficit in June. Although the monthly figures would have been affected by public holidays, such as the Diamond Jubilee, it is worrying that the trade deficit in the second quarter as a whole was much higher than in the first. Underlying export volumes fell by 3.3% in the second quarter, while import volumes fell by only 0.5%. There is no question that British exporters are facing major challenges as a result of problems in the eurozone, but the rebalancing of theUKeconomy towards exports is taking too long. -British exporters have untapped potential to expand, but they need more government support to help them compete globally and diversify towards growing markets outside the EU. We need firmer action in key areas such as trade finance, promotion and insurance. More infrastructure spending and the early creation of a business bank would make a major contribution towards stronger growth in UK exports.