Northern Ireland

NI trade figures surge to record levels

Shipping containers at Port of Belfast
Image caption Manufacturing is the best performing sector, accounting for 60% of all Northern Ireland's exports

New figures on Northern Ireland's trade show a surge in business to record levels.

Sales to customers in Great Britain and the rest of the world have hit £24bn, up by 4%, or almost £1bn.

The data, compiled by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), covers 2016 and relates to products and services.

Great Britain remains the most valuable market, worth £14bn annually.

Sales to the Republic of Ireland are worth more than £3bn.

Helped by the weakness of the pound, Northern Ireland's trade in all markets has registered improvement.

Manufacturing is the best performing sector, accounting for 60% of all Northern Ireland's exports.

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