Published 12-11-2015

UK MANUFACTURING OUTPUT STRENGTHENS

12-11-2015

UK manufacturing output rose by 0.8% in September, according to official figures.

This is the biggest monthly increase since April 2014.

Despite the increase, manufacturing output was still down 0.6% from the same month last year.

The wider measure of industrial production fell 0.2% in September, but was 1.1% higher than a year earlier.

Ms Lee Hopley, chief economist at the manufacturers' organisation, the EEF, said: "While manufacturing contracted in the last quarter, there are signs that some parts of industry at least were mounting a comeback after a summer lull."

She added, though, that there were risks from the economic slowdown happening elsewhere around the world: "Another disappointing set of trade figures for manufacturing show that these effects are already being felt, with a significant fall in goods exports to China over the past three months."

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