DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Colorado's exports of manufactured, agricultural and mineral products rose 6.3 percent in 2013 from 2012, growing from $8.2 billion to $8.6 billion, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) said Thursday.

Colorado's rate of growth topped the 2 percent national average for merchandise export growth for the same period.

Key export categories for Colorado include industrial machinery, computer and electronic machinery, medical and surgical instruments, and fresh and frozen meat.

Among Colorado's top 10 exports, aircraft and spacecraft increased 62 percent in 2013 from the year before, wood pulp products were up 63 percent and raw hides were up 19 percent, OEDIT said.

Canada retains its position as Colorado's top export market, reaching a record $2 billion, up 3 percent over 2012. Key exports to Canada include engine and motor parts, beef, petroleum and pork.

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