01 July 2009 | Jake Kanter
The manufacturing industry continued to show improvement in June as output rose for the first time in 15 months.
According to the latest CIPS/Markit UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, where a figure below 50 represents contraction, total activity in the sector registered 47 last month. This was an improvement on the 45.4 recorded in May and 44.9 in June last year.
Production activity increased for the first time in over a year, reaching 52.1 last month, compared with 48 in May. The rise in output was noted by both consumer and intermediate goods producers and was largely due to companies reducing their backlog of work.
New orders continued to decline in June, but at a slighter slower rate than the month before.
Staff levels in the manufacturing industry declined for the fifteenth month in a row, but eased significantly from February's record low.
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