BRITAIN'S manufacturing sector would appear to be in freefall after official figures showed output falling at its fastest pace in nearly 30 years.
BRITISH manufacturing activity accelerated to its fastest pace in three years in July, while factory gate inflation hit its highest level in at least 15 years, according to the latest figures, which analysts said could raise the prospect of a further rise in the cost of borrowing today by the Bank of England.
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DEMAND for UK-manufactured goods has now risen to a 12-year high, a CBI survey yesterday highlighting a marked improvement in overseas orders.
MANUFACTURING demand has seen modest growth over the past three months, the latest survey by CBI Scotland shows.
FACTORY orders in the UK fell by less than expected in December - but foreign orders slipped as the strong pound hit demand for British goods, according to a CBI report.
INDUSTRIAL output in Britain in October fell at its fastest rate in more than a year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said today.
MANUFACTURERS today pleaded with Chancellor Gordon Brown not to slap any more costs on the industry in his pre-Budget report this week after research revealed growing uncertainty in the sector.
THE price of goods produced by factories in the UK increased at the slowest rate for two and a half years in October as petrol prices fell sharply.
MANUFACTURING activity slowed in October as companies increased prices at their sharpest rate in three months to cope with rising costs, new figures showed today.
SCOTTISH manufacturing output is poised to fall over the next three months, with companies far less optimistic than they were during the summer.
SCOTTISH manufacturing output is expected to fall, according to the latest quarterly Scottish Industrial Trends Survey published today by CBI Scotland.
BRITISH factory output rose twice as fast as expected in August amid a broad-based pick-up that suggested the sector's recovery has not been dented by the strong pound.
SCOTLAND saw its level of manufactured exports fall by 0.8 per cent over the second quarter of 2006, according to official figures released by the Scottish Executive.
BLACK cab maker Manganese Bronze has signed a £53 million joint venture agreement to make up to 20,000 of the vehicles in Shanghai, with Chinese firm Zhejiang Geely.
LLOYDS TSB Scotland's latest economic monitor shows companies have enjoyed a strong past three months.
INCREASED export orders helped to improve manufacturing demand in September, the CBI said yesterday. Its monthly order book balance stood at minus five, up from August's minus eight, and while the figure remained negative, it was the best showing in 21 months.
BRITISH manufacturing order books, helped by rising domestic demand, are running at their best level in 20 months - but improved demand has increased pricing power that could stoke inflation, CBI figures showed yesterday.
BRITAIN'S manufacturing output inched forward during June, new figures have revealed.
MANUFACTURING output in the UK has ended an 18-month run of weakness, but the upturn remains fragile and patchy, a report today revealed.
SCOTLAND and the UK as a whole are lagging behind in the fast-growing Chinese and Asian export markets, a report today warned.