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UK Manufacturing Grew Again in October

On a yearly basis, industrial production growth accelerated to 3.6 percent from 2.5 percent in September.

Manufacturing output from United Kingdom factories rose 0.1 per cent in October from September, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), broadly in line with economists' forecasts.

The agency reported that manufacturing output expanded by 0.1 per cent in the month, slowing from the 0.7 per cent expansion in September, but completing six straight months of growth - the best run for the sector by this measure since 1997.

It was helped by the vehicle industry, which saw a significant increase in exports, with demand in the eurozone growing.

ONS statistician Kate Davies said: "While manufacturing was relatively subdued overall in October despite record production of cars destined for export, the longer-term picture is one of strong growth".

Separate figures on the United Kingdom imports and exports showed the total trade deficit widened by £300 million to £1.4 billion between September and October as goods imports jumped 1.6%.

Excluding oil and erratic commodities, a £2.8bn increase in imports offset a £1.7bn increase in exports to leave the UK's trade deficit £800m wider during the three month period. The volume of output fell 1.7 per cent month-on-month.

This exceeded the previous quarterly record rise of 32% back in 1987, when new orders were placed for the construction of the Channel Tunnel.

Housing new orders also grew, up 9.5%, recovering from a 4.2% decline in the previous quarter.

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