• Manufacturing output in October 2014 was down 0.7% on the month, but up 1.7% on the year
  • Total industrial production in October 2014 was down 0.1%, but up 1.1% up on year

Commenting on the manufacturing and industrial figures published today by the ONS, David Kern, Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce said:

“The decline in manufacturing output is disappointing and larger than expected. Although longer term comparisons still show positive growth, the pace of expansion is clearly slowing. Manufacturing exporters in particular are facing difficult challenges, which have become more acute due to stagnation in the eurozone.

“While total UK GDP is now well above its pre-recession level, these latest figures show that industrial production output has not yet recovered fully.

“Despite manufacturing accounting only for just over 10% of total UK output, the sector remains an important driver for economic growth, and is critical to securing a balanced UK recovery. In spite of the challenging international backdrop it is vital that we make every effort to ensure that enterprising manufacturing firms are given the tools to invest and export.”