Tel Aviv (Jan. 13)
– Israeli exports rose by 22.4 percent in 1980, reaching $5.326 billion, the Central Bureau of Statistics announced. The main increase was in industrial exports which rose by 30 percent (to $3.299 billion) followed by diamonds by 15 percent (to $1.4 billion) agricultural exports rose only four percent, to $576 million.
About half of the increase in value was due to dollar inflation, as industrial exports by volume rose by only 14 percent without diamonds, which rose in volume by eight percent to 2,326 million carats. Agricultural exports fell in volume by 10 percent.