Although clothing exports shot up 16 per cent year-on-year to £5.2bn, the value of exported cars rose 14 per cent to £25bn.
In fact, the three most significant manufacturing industries to the UK economy in terms of export value are machinery (mechanical and electric), cars, and pharmaceuticals, which had a combined value of £113bn. Refined and crude oil are the next most significant exports for the UK. Shockingly, these four industries account for half of all UK exports.
Here are the UK’s top ten fastest-growing exports:
- Clothing – £5.1bn in 2013 compared to £4.4bn in 2012
- Cars – £24bn in 2013 compared to £21bn in 2012
- Toilet and cleansing preparations – £5.3bn in 2013 compared to £4.8bn in 2012
- Unspecified goods – £4.6bn in 2013 compared to £4.2bn in 2012
- Aircraft – £11.3bn in 2013 compared to £10.6bn in 2012
- Scientific and photographic equipment – £11.1bn in 2013 compared to £10.3bn in 2012
- Miscellaneous metal manufactures – £5.2bn in 2013 compared to £4.9bn in 2012
- Iron and steel – £6bn in 2013 compared to £5.7bn in 2012
- Mechanical machinery – £41.6bn in 2013 compared to £39.4bn in 2012
- Fertilisers and other chemicals – £5.3bn in 2013 compared to £5.1bn in 2012