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Statistics show UK manufacturing sector continuing to struggle

By Ben Woods

The UK manufacturing sector continued to decline in June despite improving its performance in the run-up to the UK's vote to leave the European Union.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said manufacturing output fell by 0.3%, stepping up from a 0.6% contraction in May.

The ONS added that month-on-month growth was pegged back by a 1% drop in transport equipment and contractions from nine of the industry's 13 sub-sectors.

However, activity in industrial production painted a brighter picture.

It rose 0.1% month-on-month compared with a 0.6% fall in May.

It also recorded its strongest performance since 1999 in the three months to June.

But according to the latest Ulster Bank purchasing managers' index, Northern Ireland manufacturing grew slightly in July, albeit at a reduced rate.

Across the UK as a whole in June, industrial output rose 2.1% over the period.

This is compared to a 0.2% decline the quarter before, in line with last month's data for the gross domestic product (GDP).

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