British official manufacturing output climbs in March

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British manufacturing output edged ahead in March compared with activity in February, official data showed on Thursday.

Production increased by 0.2 percent in March, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement.

Output meanwhile climbed by 2.7 percent in March on a 12-month comparison, the ONS added. The data undershot expectations for a monthly increase of 0.4 percent and an annual gain of 2.9 percent.

"The fact that manufacturing output only rose 0.2% month-on-month in March after being flat in February raises concern that the sector could be coming off the boil," said IHS Global Insight economist Howard Archer

Industrial production, which includes mining and quarrying, as well as electricity, gas, and water supply, rose by 0.3 percent in March and increased by 0.7 percent year-on-year, according to the ONS.

© 2011 AFP

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