The import of investment goods, on the other hand, recorded a decline.
According to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics, July through September saw a 12.8% rise in the export of goods according to an annual calculation, following an 11.1% increase in April through June.
Industrial exports went up 9.9%, following a 9.2% in the previous quarter. Service exports fell 2.5%, and business service exports dropped by 2% following a 0.2% rise in the second quarter.
Tourists' overnight stays in Israeli hotels recorded a 9.2% increase, compared to a 2% drop in the three previous months. Israelis' hotel stays remained unchanged after a 4% increase in the previous quarter.
The local market demands indicator went up by 6.7% in July-August, following a 7.2% rise in the two previous months.
The Supermarket Sales Index, which constitutes one-third of retail trade sales, increased by 5.1% after a 6.5% rise in the three previous months. The Food Chain Sales Index dropped 2.1%.
Private consumers' credit card spending increased by 0.3% following a 4.3% rise in the three previous months. The number of available jobs totaled 63,900 a month, following an average of 67,700 available jobs in the three previous months.
The Consumer Confidence Index reached 38% in September (34% in August). The Sales Index for all industries rose 12.5% in July-August, following an 11.2% increase in May-June.
The import of goods rose 4%, following a 3.4% rise in the previous quarter. The import of raw materials increased by 10.8% (17.4%), the import of consumer goods increased by 5.7% (2.2%), and the import of investment goods dropped 11.7% after an 8% decline – according to a quarterly calculation – in the past three months.