British Manufacturing Output in Strong Rebound

British Manufacturing Output in Strong Rebound

GDP grew by 0.6% in the three months to the end of June marking the first time since 2011 that Britain has achieved back-to-back quarterly increases.

LONDON -- Providing further evidence of the country's broad-based economic recovery, Britain's manufacturing output rebounded with a bang in June, official data showed on Tuesday.

Output jumped 1.9% in June from May, when it had fallen by 0.7%, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Manufacturing output grew by 2% in June compared with 12 months earlier.

Industrial production -- a wider measure that also includes mining and quarrying, electricity, gas and water supply -- increased by 1.1% in June from May, the ONS added.

"June's surge in UK industrial production is the most convincing sign yet that the sector is sharing in the recovery already evident in the rest of the economy," noted Samuel Tombs, economist at the Capital Economics research group.

Recent official data showed that the British economy grew by 0.6% in the second quarter, cementing its recovery from recession.

Gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.6% in the three months to the end of June. This compared to a gain of 0.3% in the previous quarter and is the first time since 2011 that Britain has achieved back-to-back quarterly increases.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2013

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