British industrial output stagnates in June: data

9th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

British industrial output stagnated in June and the trade-in-goods deficit worsened, official data showed on Tuesday, further clouding the economic outlook amid plunging stock markets.

Industrial production was unchanged in June from the previous month, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement.

However it sank by 0.3 percent in June on a 12-month comparison.

Expectations had been for a monthly increase of 0.4 percent and a slight annual gain of 0.2 percent, according to analysts polled by Dow Jones Newswires.

Manufacturing output, which excludes mining and quarrying, as well as electricity, gas, and water supply, sank by 0.4 percent in June from May, but grew by 2.1 percent on an annual basis.

In a separate data release, the ONS revealed that Britain's trade-in-goods deficit widened to £8.9 billion ($14.6 billion, 10.2 billion euros) in June from £8.5 billion in May.

"Following the further falls in markets already seen this morning comes some disappointing news on the UK's economic recovery," said Capital Economics analyst Vicky Redwood in response to the data.

ING economist James Knightley added that tumbling global stock markets could further damage business confidence and dent industrial and manufacturing output in the coming months.

"UK industrial production for June has come in much weaker than expected, remaining flat on the month versus expectations of a 0.4-percent increase," he said.

"The worry is that plunging equity markets will hurt business confidence and lead to firms cutting orders thus prompting further falls in output."

© 2011 AFP

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