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Manufacturing order growth at fastest rate since 2011

14 February, 2014

Growth in new manufacturing orders in the three months to January 2014 was the strongest since April 2011, according to the latest CBI quarterly Industrial Trends Survey. During this period domestic orders rose, uncertainty about demand fell and investment intentions for the year ahead picked up. The survey of 367 manufacturers found that growth in total order books and domestic orders was the most rapid since April 2011. Manufacturing companies are increasingly confident in the recovery, which is feeding through to investment plans. Optimism about business conditions rose strongly, while the number of firms feeling that demand uncertainty was constraining investment dropped back sharply. Firms' plans for growth in capital expenditure on buildings in the year ahead were the highest in three years. Key findings Some key findings during the three months to January 2014 were: •\t31 per cent of businesses said they were more optimistic about the general business situation than three months ago and 10 per cent less, giving a balance of +21 per cent, little changed from October's 18 month-high of +24 per cent. •\t34 per cent of businesses reported an increase in total orders and 21 per cent a decrease, giving a balance of +13 per cent, the highest since April 2011 (+20 per cent). •\tThe balance for new domestic orders (+11 per cent) was the highest since April 2011 (+15 per cent), but the balance for new export orders (0 per cent) was down on the three months to October (+3 per cent). In the three months to January 2014, domestic orders rose, uncertainty about demand fell and investment intentions for the year ahead picked up.





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