You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

UK exports surge to highest in 13 years

Press AssociationPress Association 9/06/2016

Britain enjoyed the biggest surge in exports for more than 13 years in April after Brexit fears sparked sharp falls in the value of the pound.

Official figures showed exports jumped by 9.1 per cent between March and April to hit STG26.1 billion ($A50.66 billion), the fastest month-on-month growth since January 2003.

This helped the UK's overall trade gap narrow to STG3.3 billion in April, the smallest since September, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

It comes after the pound has weakened before this month's EU referendum, making British goods more attractive to overseas buyers.

Sterling hit a three-week low against the US dollar on Monday, falling as much as 0.9 per cent to $US1.43, after polls showed the Brexit campaign gaining the lead, although it has since bounced back to $US1.45 dollars after fresh surveys put the Remain camp ahead.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon