ONS figures show exports of goods rose by £2.1bn to £26.8bn in October, the highest level since records began in 1997. Exports of goods to non-EU countries jumped to a record £14.4bn. The boost pushed up total exports of goods and services to a record level of £46.4bn which in turn brought a record £3.8bn narrowing of Britain’s total trade deficit between September and October to £2bn, albeit helped by weaker imports. The trade deficit in the three months to September stood at £14.9bn, representing the widest quarterly deficit since the end of 2013, up from £8.2bn in the second quarter