British manufacturing output climbs in October: official

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British manufacturing output rose for a sixth month running in October, but the wider measure of industrial production fell for the first time since June, official data showed on Tuesday.

Manufacturing output increased by 0.6 percent in October compared with activity in September, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement. That was the fastest monthly pace since March.

Output climbed by 5.8 percent in October compared with the level one year earlier, the ONS added.

Industrial production, which includes mining and quarrying, as well as electricity, gas, and water supply, fell by 0.2 percent in October and rose by 3.3 percent year-on-year.

"The October production proved to be the veritable mixed bag ... with industrial production and manufacturing output moving in opposite directions during the month owing to weakness within the mining and utilities areas of the index," said HSBC analyst Stuart Green.

© 2010 AFP

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