- The Washington Times - Friday, March 2, 2007

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Denmark’s exports to Muslim countries fell by more than 11 percent in 2006 after a boycott of Danish goods to protest the publication of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, the Danish government said yesterday.

Dairy products, dominated by the Scandinavian Arla Foods group, were worst hit, with exports dropping 39 percent to $196 million, Statistics Denmark said.

But overall, Danish exports grew by 9 percent last year to $97 billion. Exports to the 57 countries in the Organization of the Islamic Conference represent 2.5 percent of all Danish exports.

In December, Copenhagen company Arla Foods said the boycott in the Middle East had cost the company about $71.4 million for the year. The group said its sales in the Middle East and North Africa have rebounded in recent months, reaching 60 percent pre-boycott levels.

The boycott started in Saudi Arabia and spread to other Arab countries.

In September 2005, the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons that enraged Muslims — one of them showing Muhammad wearing a turban shaped like a bomb with a burning fuse.

Four months later, they were reprinted in a range of Western publications, triggering massive protests from Morocco to Indonesia.

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