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U.K. Wheat Imports Top Exports for Eighth Month, AHDB Says

U.K. wheat imports topped exports for an eighth straight month in January after excess rain cut production in the past season.

Wheat purchases were 269,676 metric tons in January, against exports of 18,036 tons, the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board said today in an e-mailed report, citing customs figures. Imports were more than triple the amount in January 2012. Cumulative purchases since the marketing year began July 1 totaled 1.61 million tons, compared with exports of 530,165 tons, according to the report.

The U.K. had its second-wettest year on record in 2012, according to the Met Office, the national weather forecaster. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has said that production dropped 13 percent this season to 13.26 million tons.

Germany was the biggest supplier of wheat to the U.K. during January at 103,987 tons, followed by France at 61,393 tons and Estonia at 26,455 tons, the report showed.

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