Press release: 11.190-001/16

Regional foreign trade first half 2015: Salzburg and Upper Austria with highest increases in exports

Vienna, 2016-01-04 – According to preliminary results by Statistics Austria for the first half year 2015, the federal states Salzburg (+8.2%, +0.33 bn. €) and Upper Austria (+6.8%, +1.08 bn. €) registered the highest increases in exports, both in absolute and relative terms. In addition, also Carinthia (+6.6%, +0.21 bn. €) and Vorarlberg (+5.6%, +0.24 bn. €) recorded higher exports. Only the two federal states Vienna (-10.8%, -1.03 bn. €) and Styria (-0.4%, -0.04 bn. €) registered decreases.

On the import side, Burgenland (-6.3%, -0.09 bn. €), Lower Austria (-3.0%, -0.36 bn. €) and Salzburg (-0.6%, -0.03 bn. €) had to register a decline, whereas the imports of the remaining six federal states increased. In relative terms, the most dynamic developments were realized by Vorarlberg (+6.9%) and Upper Austria (+5.2%). In absolute numbers, also Upper Austria (+0.62 bn €) and Vorarlberg (+0.22 bn €) showed the highest growth in imports. Upper Austria, Vienna and Lower Austria showed – in the order indicated – the highest external trade values in terms of trade intensity (sum of imports and exports).

Among the nine Austrian federal states, most imports were registered by Vienna (€16.66 bn., 25.5% of the overall Austrian imports). Upper Austria (€12.42 bn., 19.0%) and Lower Austria (€11.41 bn., 17.5%) recorded the second and third highest imports, respectively. With more than one quarter, Upper Austria had the largest share in the overall Austrian exports (€16.99 bn., 26.4%), followed by Lower Austria (€10.35 bn., 16.1%) and Styria (€9.64 bn., 15.0%). Five of the nine federal states showed a foreign trade surplus for the period January to June 2015. Upper Austria had the largest surplus (+4.56 bn. €), whereas Vienna showed the highest trade deficit (-8.19 bn. €).

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