Commenting on the manufacturing PMI survey published today, David Kern, Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

“These figures are stronger than expected and confirm our assessment that Britain’s economic recovery is likely to continue, despite the disappointing decline in GDP in the fourth quarter of 2010. This new data also supports the BCC’s own quarterly survey published last month, which showed the recovery is still mainly being driven by manufacturing. It is also encouraging to see employment in the manufacturing sector at a record high.



“However, the recovery is fragile, especially as the austerity programme is now being enforced. We believe that the government must persevere with its deficit-cutting plan to stabilise our public finances. But this must be supplemented with policies to support growth, while the MPC should maintain low interest rates for some time.”