British manufacturing output climbs in September: official

9th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

British manufacturing output rose for a fifth month running in September, but chalked up the weakest pace since April, official data showed on Tuesday.

Output increased by 0.1 percent in September compared with activity in August, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement. The slender increase was slightly lower than market expectations for a 0.2-percent gain.

Manufacturing production also climbed by 4.8 percent in September compared with the level one year earlier.

The data implied that there would be no revision to British third-quarter economic growth, an ONS spokesman told AFP.

"The data are in line with the estimates that we made at the time of the preliminary estimate of GDP," he said.

British gross domestic product -- a measure of the value of all the goods and services produced in the economy -- grew by a surprisingly strong 0.8 percent in the third quarter, official data showed late last month.

The initial GDP estimate, which was double market expectations, was largely due to major gains in services, construction and production.

The data also comes amid fears that the British government's ongoing austerity drive could push the country back into recession, after it escaped from a record-length downturn in late 2009.

© 2010 AFP

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