Output in Britain’s manufacturing industry has continued to rally after a post-Brexit vote slump despite a worse-than-expected performance from industrial production.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said manufacturing output rose by 0.6% in September, up from 0.2% in August and above July’s sharp fall of 0.9%.
However, industrial production dropped by 0.4% in September, with economists pencilling in flat growth.
For the third quarter, covering the first three months since the EU referendum result, manufacturing and industrial production fell by 0.9% and 0.5% respectively, compared with the quarter before.
ONS statistician Kate Davis said: “Manufacturing was broadly flat across the third quarter while oil and gas were weak overall, with widespread summer maintenance shutdowns hampering production more than usual.
“There are no obvious signs so far of either the weaker pound or post-referendum uncertainties affecting the output of UK factories, which continued broadly in line with recent trends.”