Australian Bureau of Statistics trade numbers for August show a sharp improvement.
In seasonally adjusted terms, the balance on goods and services was a deficit of $787 million in August 2014, a decrease of $288 million or 27% on the deficit in July 2014.
Goods and services credits fell $413 million (2%) to $26.372 billion. Non-monetary gold fell $252 million (21%), rural goods fell $142 million (4%) and non-rural goods fell $17 million.
Net exports of goods under merchanting remained steady at $8 million. Services credits fell $1 million.
In terms of debit, hoods and services fell $701 million (3%) to $27.159 billion.
Intermediate and other merchandise goods fell $878 million (9%), consumption goods fell $65 million (1%) and non-monetary gold fell $25 million (10%). Capital goods rose $294 million (6%). Services debits fell $27 million.