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Manufacturing is one of the production industries, which also include mining, electricity, water & waste management and oil & gas extraction.

In October–December 2023, the manufacturing sector accounted for 9.3% of total UK economic output (Gross Value Added) and 8.1% of employment.

Manufacturing Output

Manufacturing output rose by 0.3% between February and March 2024 following an increase of 1.3% between January and February.

Manufacturing output for the three months to March 2024 was 1.4% higher than in the three months to December 2023.

Output in the three months to March 2024 was 2.1% higher than output in the same period the previous year. There was a mixed picture among manufacturing sub-groups, with 5 of the 13 sub-sectors seeing growth.

Line chart showing manufacturing output as 3 month % change on year before since 2007

Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI)

The flash UK manufacturing PMI (PDF) was 51.3 in May 2024, up from 49.1 in April.

It was the fastest growth in manufacturing production since April 2022. Input price inflation fell to its lowest level in seven months. Manufacturers business confidence was at its highest level since February 2022.

Line chart showing UK Manufacturing PMI since 2007


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