U.K. Factories Sustain Growth After Entering ‘Softer' Phase
Tuesday, 3 April 2018 15:52 WIB | ECONOMY |Ekonomi inggrisUK Manufacturing

U.K. manufacturing maintained its pace of expansion in March, though there was a sharp slowdown in new orders.

IHS Markit said its monthly Purchasing Managers Index was at 55.1, up from 55 in February and better than economists had forecast. The figure is also encouraging given the disruption from the œBeast from the East storm during the month.

The report had positive and negative elements, with output and employment up, and companies reporting a œstrongly positive outlook. But new orders rose the least since June and backlogs of work fell for a third straight month.

IHS Markit said the average PMI reading in the first quarter was the weakest in a year and is consistent with manufacturing growth of about 0.5 percent. That compares with a 1.3 percent surge in the final three months of 2017.

œManufacturing has entered a softer growth phase, said Rob Dobson, director at IHS Markit. œThey key question is whether growth can now be sustained, albeit at a lower level, in the coming months. On that front the news is generally positive.

Source : Bloomberg

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