British export volume rose by 5% in July to reach £19.2 billion, according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today.
However, import volume also rose, increasing by 2.5% to £25.7 billion.
Britain’s deficit on trade in goods and services was £2.4 billion in July, unchanged from June.
The deficit on trade in goods was also unchanged, at £6.5 billion.
In the three months to July 2009, Britain’s trade deficit in goods and services narrowed £1.5 billion, to £7.2 billion, and deficit in goods narrowed by £1 billion to £19.3 billion.
The deficit on trade to European Union (EU) countries fell from £2.8 billion in June to £2.6 billion in July.
Exports to EU countries increased by 6.5% and exports to non-EU countries rose by 3%.
Imports from EU countries grew by 3% and imports from non-EU countries.
Prices of both exports and imports fell by 0.5% over the month.
Commodity-level growth came from the motor industry, with exports of cars rising 19% and imports of cars increasing by 18%.
Exports of consumer goods other than cars fell by 1.5%, and imports fell by 2%.
Similarly, capital and intermediate goods both recorded falls in import and export volume.
The balance on trade in oil was in deficit by £500m in July, compared with £400m in June.