Rise in car production boosts UK manufacturing output

Recovering car production pushed the UK's manufacturing sector to its strongest growth in more than three years during July, official figures showed today.

Output grew by 0.9% over the month – well ahead of forecasts and the best performance since May 2006 – the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Car manufacturing grew by 10.4% during the month as experts seized on the latest signs that the ailing UK economy is emerging from recession.

Howard Archer, of IHS Global Insight, said the figures were a “really nice, positive surprise”.

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