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Wisconsin exports increase by 13 percent from 2007

Madison (WKOW) -- from WI Governor:  Governor Jim Doyle announced Monday that Wisconsin exports for the first three quarters of 2008 increased by 13.1 percent over 2007-third quarter totals to a record $15.6 billion.

  For the first three quarters, Wisconsin ranks as the 18th-largest exporting state, compared to its 21st largest rank in 2006. 

  "I salute Wisconsin companies for aggressively seeking new markets around the globe," Governor Doyle said.  "Our export totals remain a bright spot during this national economic downturn.  As Governor, I'm committed to doing all I can to support a climate that encourages success for our exporters."

  For the first three quarters, exports to Canada, Wisconsin's largest international market, grew by 16.4 percent to $5.1 billion.

  Mexico continued as Wisconsin's second-largest export market, as exports grew 15.1 percent to $1.3 billion.

  China continued in third place despite a 2.1-percent decrease to $890.5 million.

  Germany was the state's fourth largest market with a 21.7-percent increase to $601.1 million.

  Japan ranked fifth with a 14.3-percent increase to $566.9 billion.

  For the first three quarters, industrial machinery, including computer equipment, continues to be Wisconsin's top manufacturing export commodity, growing by 14.7 percent to $5.3 billion.

  Electrical machinery ranked second with a 5.2-percent increase to $1.8 billion.

  Medical and scientific instruments ranked third with a 4.4-percent decrease to $1.5 billion.

  Transportation equipment ranked fourth with a 19.5-percent increase to $1.4 billion.

  Paper and paperboard ranked fifth with a 0.7-percent decline to $611.6 million.

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