Expo . rts Down in Number But Earn More
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XPORTS of commercial vehicles totalled 123,283 last year, compared with 126,984 in 1956, according to preliminary figures issued by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders on Wednesday. Australia purchased 15,908 units, South Africa 13,171, New Zealand 8,060 and British West Africa 7,162. Leading non-Commonwealth markets were Argentina (4,847) and Denmark (4,685). . .
Gross value of last year's expnrts.wai £87,138,142, to _which &ruff], Africa contributed £8,819,757, Attstiaiia and British West Africa £5,400,230. Total value of 1956 exports wai.£80,329,852.
Output of commercial vehicles last year was of 289,976 units, compared with 298,609 in 1956. Board of Trade statistics. give last December's production of goods vehicles as 29,968 and " of passenger . vehicles as 946, respective exports for; that month being 10,555 and 450.
Compiled on a basis slightly different from that of the S.M.M.T., the Board's figure for 1957 goods-vehicle output is 278,755 and for passenger-vehicle production 9,498. Exports arc given as 116,488 and 6,079 respectively.
Value of all exports of the motor industry last year, at £447m.. was a record and £50m. more than in 1956.