Press release: 11.324-135/16

Regional foreign trade 2015 (preliminary results): Vorarlberg and Salzburg with highest relative increases in exports

Vienna, 2016-07-15 – In 2015, the federal states Vorarlberg (+7.2%) and Salzburg (+7.2%) realised the highest relative increases in exports, according to preliminary results by Statistics Austria. Upper Austria showed the strongest development in absolute terms (1.77 bn €). While eight out of nine federal states could increase their export values compared to the year 2014, only Vienna (-3.3%, -0.62 bn €) registered a decrease. On the import side, Burgenland (-6.7%, -0.18 bn €) and Lower Austria (-4.1%, -0.98 bn €) had to register a decline, whereas the imports of the remaining seven federal states increased. In relative terms, the most dynamic developments were recorded for Vorarlberg (+6.1%) and Tyrol (+5.3%). In absolute numbers, Vienna (1.27 bn €) and Upper Austria (1.21 bn €) showed the strongest growth in imports. The highest external trade values in terms of trade intensity (sum of imports and exports) were observed in Upper Austria, Vienna and Lower Austria, in the order indicated.

Among the nine Austrian federal states, most imports were registered in Vienna (33.71 bn €, 25.3% of the overall Austrian imports). Upper Austria (25.02 bn €, 18.8%) and Lower Austria (22.82 bn €, 17.2%) recorded the second and third highest imports, respectively. With more than one quarter, Upper Austria had the largest share in the overall Austrian exports (33.82 bn €, 25.7%), followed by Lower Austria (20.50 bn €, 15.6%) and Styria (19.74 bn €, 15.0%). Five federal states showed a foreign trade surplus for the year 2015. Upper Austria had the largest surplus (8.79 bn €), whereas Vienna accumulated the highest trade deficit (-15.33 bn €).

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