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Title: Explanations beyond exchange rates - trends in the UK since 2007

Release date: 22 August 2013 at 9:30am
Theme: Economy | Department: Office for National Statistics | Coverage: UK
Geographic breakdown: UK and GB | Designation: Supporting material
Summary: Economic theory suggests that a country's trade balance should increase following a depreciation of its currency, due to the effect on the relative price of its exports and imports. This article examines the reaction of the UK trade balance since the substantial depreciation of sterling between Q3 2007 and Q1 2009, and explores the reasons why trends in UK trade may not have developed as would be expected given the sustained depreciation of sterling.