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Aircraft exports were down in 2010, but other local products did better

The export of civilian aircraft was down 16 percent in 2010 compared the 2009, according to the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis.

During the year, American aircraft makers shipped $29.6 billion worth of aircraft, compared to $35.2 billion in 2009. But, for the month of December, exports were up 6.1 percent.

The area fared better with other exports in 2010:

Aircraft parts, up 3.2 percent to $18.9 billion; agricultural machinery, up 8.5 percent to $6.8 billion; industrial machinery, up 38.2 percent to $42.7 billion; petroleum products, up 52.2 percent to $33.1 billion; soybeans, up 12.2 percent to $19 billion; meat, up 13.2 percent to $13.6 billion; corn, up 13.3 percent to $11 billion; wheat, up 25 percent to $6.9 billion.

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