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A more positive year ahead for UK manufacturers?

9 March 2016

Commenting on the Office for National Statistics’ Index of Production figures for January released today, Mark Stephenson, UK manufacturing industry leader at Deloitte, said:

“The challenges UK manufacturers are up against should not be underestimated. Slow global economic growth, weak Chinese trade data, downgraded UK growth forecasts, turmoil in the steel industry and the PMI at its lowest point for almost three years, are just some of the factors at play.

“Therefore today’s manufacturing output figures show how resilient the industry is and signals the prospect of a more positive year ahead for UK manufacturers. This week’s EEF survey highlighted that firms expect modest growth in the coming months, and a weakened pound should boost many exporters.”


Notes to editors

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Stephanie Dobbs
Deloitte LLP
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