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1953 Exports Drop in Number and Value : Production Down

19th February 1954
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Page 53, 19th February 1954 — 1953 Exports Drop in Number and Value : Production Down
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-NURING 1953, 19,747 fewer com mercial vehicles (including trailers) vere exported than in 1952. and their alue dropped from £85,047,846 to 71,366.909. In the second half of 953, however, there was an increase of P,800 units, valued at £3.3m.. as compared with the first six months of the ,ear. The total number of units xported during 1953 was 118,014 137,761 in 1952).

Production also dropped, the figure or 1953 being 241,063, as compared vith 243,288.

Statistics published by the Society of dolor Manufacturers and Traders show hat the average weekly output in )ecember was 4,729 units, the total for he month being 23,646 (11,458 for .xport and 12,188 for the home market). ioods vehicles, road haulage tractors .nd special types numbered 22,700, nade up of 12,953 under 15 cwt. carryng capacity, 8,372 from 15 cwt. to six ons and 1,375 over six tons.

Passenger-vehicle output for the nonth totalled 847 units, made up of i83 single-deck and 153 double-deck notorbuses and 11 trolleybuses. Ninetyline battery-electries and 90 pedestrianontrolled electrics were also built. Production figures for the year show ,n increase in types under 15 cwt., but substantial reduction in those over 5 cwt. and up to 6 tons. There was ,Iso a heavy drop in the number of Passenger vehicles built. The following able gives the figures: In addition to the units given in. the table below, 3,890 used commercial vehicles (£1,676,673) and 93.681 agricultural tractors (£37,170,011) were sent overseas during 1953. Parts and accessories shipped were valued at

£75,547,482, a drop of £5.1m. on the previous year's figure.

Australia still remains Britain's biggest overseas market, followed by British West Africa, South Africa, British East Africa, Belgium, New Zealand, Denmark and Turkey.

Exports covering the whole of the motor industry totalled £299m. for 1953-7.7 per cent. less than for the previous year.


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