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Export figures highlight importance of All Ireland trade to 6 county economy

25 November, 2004

Sinn Féin Economy Spokesperson, National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin has said that the latest figures from the manufacturing sales and exports survey highlight the increasing importance of all-Ireland trade to the 6 County economy.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"The provisional data from the manufacturing and exports survey indicate that there is good growth in the value of exports and that the rest of Ireland is now the most important export market for the 6 county economy.

"Exports to the south are now worth over £1 billion, a quarter of all exports. This represents an increase of nearly 12% over the past year.

"This is evidence that companies based in the 6 counties are waking up to and taking advantage of increased opportunities to build trading relationships across the island.

"Sinn Fein believe that greater co-operation, harmonisation and strategic interventions by the business and economic agencies across the island can build on this positive growth." ENDS

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