Manufacturers enjoyed a jump in demand that pushed growth to its fastest rate for more than two years and saw the sector take on thousands of new staff last month.
New orders were the strongest for almost 20 years and job creation accelerated, according to the Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI survey. Encouragingly for the government’s push to rebalance the economy, export orders also picked up.
The closely watched report comes as a timely boost to Chancellor George Osborne as he prepares to present his autumn statement plans for growth, spending and taxes on Thursday.
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