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UK Manufacturing Has Turned a Corner


factory overviewEEF’s facts and figures on UK Manufacturing:

Significant impacts of the manufacturing sector are based upon the EU referendum, as consequences depend upon the looming vote. There is much uncertainty surrounding the debate and its outcome, which is expected to hinder on activity awaiting the poll, consequently grown percentages will ‘slow to 0.3% q/q in the second quarter’.

In terms of UK orders, manufactures expect these to ‘turn positive in the next three months for the first time in more than a year.’ Generally speaking UK manufacturing, however, are facing challenging conditions. Positively South East England and London remain strong in their growth path with robust output balances supported by strong domestic demand.’ Since the previous quarter, the demand in the domestic market and abroad has seen UK orders rising to -8% and export orders to -4%. The EFF report has stated that ‘we expect the economy to grow 1.9% this year. UK real GDP is forecast to rise 2.2% in 2017, the same as we previously forecast.’

EEF’s latest report highlights that London has seen a pickup in output, employment and investment balances, with 6.2 business confidence. Positive improvements in output, employment and investment were also found in Wales, West Midlands, East of England and Scotland.

In the EEF manufacturing survey,  the data for textile manufacturing percentage change for Sector Growth Rates and Forecasts found that in 2015 it was -2.4 and is predicted to be -4.5 in 2017. Whilst employment of the textile sector was 6.8 in 2015, it is estimated to be -7.8 in 2017. Also, the Output by Manufacturing Sector 2016 Q1 showed that Textiles’ GVA output is -3% quarterly change.

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‘Overall market conditions for manufacturing look to have turned a corner from the lows seen throughout 2015 and the first quarter of this year.’

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