Britain's trade deficit narrowed in September as weak sterling helped drive a rise in exported goods and only a marginal rise in expensive imports.
Exports increased to £29.51bn in September, up from £28.24 in August. A weak pound is a benefit to exporters as the lower exchange rate means their goods a worth more in foreign currencies.
Conversely, imports, which inched up to £40.76bn from £40.59bn, are more costly to ship into the UK.
This gave a total trade deficit of £2.75bn for the month, down from August's of £3.46bn. Britiain's trade balance in goods now stands at a deficit of £11.25bn - narrowing from August's £12.35bn - lower than the forecast deficit of £12.8bn.
Export volumes fall
Quarterly data, however, painted a less upbeat picture of the July-September period as export volumes fell 1.8% on the quarter, while imports rose 1.9%.
Annual growth in export volumes, however, remained at a robust rate of 15% in September.