Activity in the UK manufacturing is 'robust' as growth continues
Activity in the UK manufacturing sector remains robust, according to the latest data from the CBI.
Its Industrial Trends Survey revealed that demand continued to rise, and total orders were improving in March.
The survey of 368 manufacturers found that total order books improved slightly again in the three months to March. This strength was broad-based, with above-average results in 14 out of 17 sectors.
However, output growth and export orders eased back.
Export orders fell, but remained above average in 11 out of 17 sectors. Output growth also slipped to a five-month low, but still remained firmly above average. Growth is expected to edge up over the next three months, albeit at a slower pace than predicted.
Anna Leach, CBI head of economic analysis, said: "The picture in the manufacturing sector remains positive.
"Over the last few surveys, manufacturing export orders have underperformed relative to overall orders as the UK's domestic recovery has caught hold more quickly than some of our key trading partners.
"Measures announced in the Budget should help businesses to break into new, faster growing markets and underpin an improvement in the UK's export performance."