UK manufacturing growth grinding to halt, says new survey

UK manufacturing started to slow down in June, falling to its lowest rate in 21 months, according to a Markit survey.

The Markit/Cips manufacturing purchasing managers’ index dropped down to 51.3, 0.7 down on May’s revised figure of 52. A figure above 50 indicates growth. The drop occurred as new orders declined and domestic demand fell.

Although the messages from this survey were mainly negative, production, export orders and employment were all still rising, albeit at a lower rate than earlier this year. It is the domestic market where the concerns are strongest, as spending cuts kick in.

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