03 December 2007 | Antony Barton
UK manufacturing has recovered from a downturn in October, with accelerated growth in new work boosting activity.
According to the latest CIPS/NTC Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), where a figure above 50 represents growth, activity in the sector reached 54.4 last month, up from a 10-month low of 52.8 in October.
New orders increased for a twenty-eighth successive month, rising to 55.6 from 53.8. Companies attributed this growth to marketing initiatives and new product lines.
Manufacturers raised their purchasing activity, taking the reading from 52.0 in October to 56.3 - the highest since July. This was in line with production requirements created by increased orders.
This demand placed additional pressure on suppliers, creating a further decline in vendor performance. Suppliers' delivery times dropped from 46.8 in October to 46.1 - the thirtieth successive month of deterioration. Companies said this was due to shortages of raw materials and a lack of storage capacity.
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