Worked Granite Value
Total: $100,856,490 (-29.53%)
Sector leader: Brazil @ $33,052,716 (-34.52%)
Backfill: The strongest of the Big Four (Brazil, China, India, Italy) in granite imports is China; while it’s not the leader, its August 2008 total value of $25,167,640 is only 12% off from last August.
Worked Granite Volume
Total: 107.860 metric tons (-48.61%)
Sector leader: Brazil @ 38,451 metric tons (-50.13%)
Backfill: China’s 30,098 metric tons in August is a 26.98% decline from the previous years, but it’s the only one of the Big Four that didn’t suffer a 50% drop-off.
Worked Marble Value
Total: $28,096,774 (-14.94%)
Sector leader: Italy @ $14,560,919 (4.64%)
Backfill: Italy is the only exporter to increase August marble value from ’07 to ’08. Spain took the biggest hit, with its $2,788,822 showing a 38% loss.
Worked Marble Volume
Total: 20,234 metric tons (-31.8%)
Sector leader: Italy @ 6,976 metric tons (-20.03%)
Backfill: Every country falls from August ’07 amounts; Israel drops from fifth overall in ’07 to 11th in ’08 with a 68.83% decline in import volume.
Total: $34,017,834 (-32.83%)
Sector leader: Turkey @ $21,448,691(-30.21%)
Backfill: China reports the only gain from August ’07; its $1,245,117 this August shows an improvement of not quite $10,000.
Total: 55,467 metric tons (-25.92%)
Sector leader: Turkey @ 35,469 metric tons (-32.96%)
Backfill: How much does Turkey dominate? Consider that Mexico placed second in travertine imports for August ’08 with 7,056 metric tons – and that’s nearly twice as much as the next country, Italy.
Other Calcereous Volume
Total: 37,245 metric tons (31.29%)
Sector leader: Lebanon @ 22.205 metric tons (200.51%)
Backfill: This market is literally all over the map in 2008 by countries shipping in unbelievable fits and starts; Turkey reported 88,661 metric tons this June, yet only 713 metric tons two months later.
Total: $9,176,111 (-17.98%)
Sector leader: China @ $3,989,915 (1.15%)
Backfill: China appears to be pulling ahead for good in its usual neck-and-neck competition with India to dominate this export category.
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