The highest proportion of British manufacturers in at least 20 years now report rising output and orders

  • From a quarterly report from manufacturing association EEF and accountants BDO

The survey's gauges for orders and output hit their highest levels since records started in 1995

  • Respondents report especially strong demand from the European Union
  • Domestic orders "remained on the softer side"
  • "This period is likely to be the peak, however, and we are likely to see a more stable picture in the coming months rather than any further significant acceleration," EEF chief economist Lee Hopley said. "There is little doubt that Brexit is likely to weigh on sentiment over the next twelve months with uncertainty over the UK's terms of exit," she added.


  • Survey's gauge of manufacturing investment picked up to a two-and-a-half year high
  • But ... investment levels were "not as positive as might be expected" given strong output and orders
  • EEF stuck to its forecast that Britain's economy will expand 1.6 percent this year and 1.3 percent next year
  • "It is vital the government sends a signal to industry and investors in the UK and overseas that it is doing everything in its power to get growth of the UK economy back on the agenda," Hopley said.

via Reuters


EEF/BDO survey was conducted between August 2 and 23

  • Covered 416 manufacturers.