Commenting on the August manufacturing output figures, David Kern, Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

"These figures were much worse than expected and raise new doubts regarding earlier hope that the economy would return to growth in the third quarter.  

Commenting on the August manufacturing output figures, David Kern, Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: "These figures were much worse than expected and raise new doubts regarding earlier hope that the economy would return to growth in the third quarter.  

"Higher unemployment is threatening the manufacturing sector’s skills base and the weakness in bank lending poses serious obstacles to a sustainable recovery.  

"In the face of these problems, it is important for the government to ease the regulatory burden facing manufacturing businesses. We urge the MPC to increase the Quantitative Easing stimulus to £200 billion and to take other measures aimed at increasing bank lending."