The Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) for the UK manufacturing sector posted a healthy 56.7 in September.
Job creation strengthened in the month on the back of solid output growth. Input and output costs rose.
CIPS Group CEO David Noble said, "The manufacturing sector maintained its stellar performance this month, building on last month’s 2-and-a-half year high to round off the best quarter of growth since Q1 2011. Employment levels soared in September, rising at the sharpest pace since May 2011 completing a positive outlook for the rest of the year.
"The domestic market remains the engine for growth across all three sub sectors, boosting new business in the UK and giving manufacturers added confidence. Businesses will be hoping overseas demand, which rose moderately this month, can match that at home. This will be the key to unlocking continued growth.
"On the flipside however, increased demand has seen suppliers come under greater pressure and lengthening lead times. This has in part been caused by long shipping delays, particularly in raw materials, signalling the sector could be hit with further input price rises. For the time being however, firms on the most part have been able to pass these costs on and protect their margins."
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