Commenting on the manufacturing output figures for March 2010, published today by the ONS, David Kern, Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“These figures are much stronger than expected and reinforce hopes that GDP in the first quarter of 2010 will be revised upwards. But, there is no room for complacency - the manufacturing sector is still fragile and it is important to support these signs of improvement.


“With a competitive exchange rate, UK manufacturers should be able to respond well to increased demand for exports. However, it is vital for the current political uncertainty to be brought to a swift end, so that a stable government can pursue policies aimed at creating the conditions for a sustained, business-led recovery.