14th September 2015
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton TD, today (Monday) welcomed the latest trade figures from the Central Statistics Office, which show that the value of goods exports for July 2015, at €9billion, were up 25% compared with July 2014.
The main drivers behind this increase were exports of Medical and pharmaceutical products up by €1,139 million (+69%) to €2,799 million and exports of Organic chemicals increasing by €389 million (+39%) to €1,376 million.
The figures also show that for the period of Jan – July 2015, the total value of goods exports was up €11.3billion, or 22%, compared to the same seven-month period in 2015.
Commenting on today’s figures Minister Bruton said:
“At the heart of our jobs plan is building a new sustainable economy based on enterprise and exports. In the past four years we have seen major progress on this, with consistent growth in exports driving a strong employment recovery. Over 125,000 extra jobs have been created since we launched the Action Plan for Jobs in early 2012, with the exporting sectors accounting for almost half of this growth. It is crucial of course that, alongside continued strong performance in exports, the domestic economy is accounting for large parts of the growth in a sustainable way.
“This continued positive trend in export figures is very welcome. With strong implementation of our plan, I am convinced we can continue to see progress until we achieve sustainable full employment in the coming years”.
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