BCC expresses ‘concern’ about manufacturing despite September growth

Manufacturing output rose by 0.6% in September, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This represents an increase from a growth rate of 0.2% in August, following a 0.9% fall in July.

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ONS statistician, Kate Davies, said: ‘There are no obvious signs so far of either the weaker pound or post-referendum uncertainties affecting the output of UK factories, which continued broadly in line with recent trends.’

However, output in the mining and quarrying sector fell by 3.8%, contributing to a 0.4% drop in total industrial production in September. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has stated that the overall trends are ‘concerning’.

Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the BCC, commented: ‘The pick-up in manufacturing output in September was unable to halt the overall decline in total industrial output in the month. It is concerning that the longer-term trends show that manufacturing and total industrial output are adding little to overall UK growth.

‘It is vital that this month’s Autumn Statement is used to support firms during this period of uncertainty – through greater investment in our infrastructure, and incentivising business investment.’

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