Britain’s manufacturers ramped up production in September, according to official figures, helping to keep hopes alive of an industrial renaissance, despite the news of nearly 1,800 shipbuilding job losses.
The Office for National Statistics said on Wednesday that manufacturing output increased by a better than expected 1.2% in September, reversing the 1.2% drop a month earlier.
The wider measure of industrial production, which also includes mining and quarrying, and energy supply, was up by a more modest 0.9%.
The ONS said the relatively strong performance from manufacturing meant industrial production increased by 0.6% over the third quarter of the year – slightly higher than the 0.5% included in the first estimate of third-quarter GDP last month.
via The Guardian
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