The top ten UK exports in 2016

(6) Scotch 1.7bn

Despite alcohol in general playing an important role in the British export economy, sales of Scottish whisky are so phenomenal that the product can hold its own against entire categories of competitors. Exports to India are growing particularly healthily despite a whopping 150 per cent tariff on them.

(7) Books 1.45bn

Over 20,000 tonnes of physical books were exported from Heathrow airport alone in the year 2015, though the proportion of exports made up of digital reading material is also growing 17 per cent of the UK publishing industrys sales were digital in 2014.

(8) Beer 629m

Showing that the UK economy is good at producing alcohol as well as consuming it, Britains beer exports are bubbling away at a healthy volume over one billion pints of British lager, ale and bitter are enjoyed around the world every year. And exports are increasingly made up of microbreweries and craft makers as well as big names, with BrewDog exporting to over five countries despite being less than a decade old.

(9) Chocolate 579.6m

The UKs most popular exported food has seen growth slow down recently, but still packs a punch. The sugary treat is particularly popular with consumers in Africa and the Middle East.

(10) Salmon 353m

Last year was a bad year for Scottish salmon due to the strength of the pound against the Norwegian kroner, but the 74m tonnes of fish that the UK manages to shift abroad each year are still not something to be sniffed at.

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