UK factory output is continuing to enjoy one of its strongest growth periods for 22 years, a survey has suggested.
Manufacturers raised production in May to meet strong demand, according to research firm Markit.
Growth continued at almost the same rate seen in April, matching economists’ expectations.
The Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) edged down slightly in May to 57.0 from 57.3.
However, growth stayed well ahead of a reading of 50, the dividing line between growth and contraction, after strong demand from domestic and export markets.