ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

May 24, 2024

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, May* 2024: The latest edition of the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) – dated May* – showed the first increase in manufacturing output volumes in 18 months, although there was an interesting contrast with order books which were at their weakest since last November. While output was positive overall, it only […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – INTERNATIONAL

Flash Purchasing Managers Index, May 2024: The flash Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector jumped into positive territory with the reading of 51.3 being the highest since July 2022. This was broadly based with both output and new orders indicating growth, although the latter was mainly from the home market with export […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE

May 17, 2024

European Industrial Production, March 2024:  The latest monthly data from Eurostat shows that, compared to February, total industrial production (IP) grew by +0.2% for the EU but by +0.6% for the sub-set which is the Euro-zone countries.  Looking back 12 months to March 2023, total IP grew by +1.0% for both the EU and the […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK Business Investment, 1st Quarter 2024:  One of the other data series that came out at the end of last week but which we did not have time to report was for business investment.  Unfortunately, we will have to wait for the National Accounts data at the end of June for the industry level breakdown, […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

May 10, 2024

UK Manufacturing Output, March and 1st Quarter 2024:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has just published the output data for March and, therefore, the 1st quarter of 2024.  We will focus mainly on the quarterly data but it is worth noting that manufacturing output increased by +0.3% compared to February but with rises in […]

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Economic News

May 3, 2024

European GDP, 1st Quarter 2024:  An initial estimate published by Eurostat shows GDP growth of +0.3% for both the EU and the sub-set of the Euro-zone.  For the latter, this means that the recession (two or more successive quarters of negative GDP) that was recorded over the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2023 has ended. […]

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PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX FOR MANUFACTURING

The Global Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for manufacturing, produced by S&P Global and sponsored by J P Morgan, slipped back slightly in April but remains marginally positive at 50.3.  This theme of a weakening is repeated in most, but not all of the individual countries and regions we cover in this report.  Globally, output and […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – INTERNATIONAL

April 25, 2024

Flash Purchasing Managers Index, February 2024:  For the UK at least, the optimism of having the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector tick above the crucial 50 level may have proved to be fleeting with the flash estimate falling back to 48.7.  Just as the positive trend in March had been driven by […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE

European Industrial Production, January 2024:  The latest data from Eurostat on industrial production (IP) shows a seasonally adjusted increase of +0.7% for the EU and +0.8% for the sub-set of the Euro-zone.  Despite this recent growth, compared to February 2023, total IP fell by -5.4% in the EU and by -6.4% for the Euro-zone. However, […]

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CBI INDUSTRIAL TRENDS SURVEY

The latest results from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) showed an improvement in the overall sentiment;  output was broadly stable in the three months to April* after falling steadily from the start of the year and while orders are still declining, this is at a slower pace than in the January* survey.  The details […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE

April 12, 2024

European Investment & Profitability, 4th Quarter 2023:  Eurostat has published data on the investment rate and profitability although, bizarrely, this is mixed up in a report which is headlined to be about the household saving rate.  Note, also, that this data is only for the Euro-zone and does not include any country analysis. The investment […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK Manufacturing Output, February 2024:  Data published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the manufacturing sector had a good month in February with output growing by +1.2% compared to January;  this took the level to its highest since June 2023 and to 95.7% of its pre-pandemic peak – for the monthly […]

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PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX FOR MANUFACTURING

April 5, 2024

The Global Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for manufacturing, produced by S&P Global and sponsored by J P Morgan edged up again in March and the reading of 50.6 is the highest since July 2022.  The manufacturing PMI is a weighted composite index of new orders (30%), output (25%), employment (20%), suppliers’ delivery times (15%) and […]

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION ECONOMIC SENTIMENT INDEX – MARCH 2024

March 28, 2024

The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for five sectors of the economy and then uses these to calculate up its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) which is converted to an index based on the long-run average. In the March* report, the ESI for both the EU and the […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

March 22, 2024

UK Interest Rate Decision:  Members will be aware that the Monetary Policy Committee voted to maintain Bank Rate at 5.25% at its meeting this week.  However, perhaps the most significant element of this decision is that none of the Committee’s members voted to raise interest rates for the first time since September 2021.  The vote […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – INTERNATIONAL

March 15, 2024

European Industrial Production, January 2024:  Eurostat has also published its data although they use Industrial Production (IP) as the top-level aggregate;  while the largest part of this is the manufacturing sector, it also includes energy and utilities (but not construction) and the breakdown of the total by sector misses out having a figure for manufacturing. […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK Manufacturing Output , January 2024:  The manufacturing output data for January 2024 published this week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed no change compared to December 2023 in the seasonally adjusted figures.  The level of output in January was at 95.0% of its pre-pandemic peak – for the monthly series this is […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

March 8, 2024

Purchasing Managers Index (update), February 2024:  The only economic news this week is to update our report on the Purchasing Managers Index for manufacturing that was being published as we wrote the Friday Brief last week. The overall Global PMI for manufacturing, produced by J P Morgan using data largely from S&P Global edged up […]

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REVIEW OF THE SPRING BUDGET STATEMENT

Given that there are many sources from which to discover “what the Budget means for you”, this note will focus on the implications for business (rather than individuals) and, in particular, for those involved in the engineering sector. There was little of direct interest to MTA, EIA and AM-UK members in this week’s Budget Statement […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

March 1, 2024

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator, February 2024:  The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for five sectors of the economy and then uses these to calculate up its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) which is converted to an index based on the long-run average. The February* report shows the […]

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PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX FOR MANUFACTURING

Our publishing schedules mean that we don’t yet have the global manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) or the figures for the countries of the Americas or South Korea (the latter is not out until Monday) – we will update this report and the charts next week – but the data released so far today suggests […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – INTERNATIONAL

February 23, 2024

Flash Purchasing Managers Index, February 2024:  The flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for February 22, 2024 is little changed from the previous month’s reading, having edged up to 47.1 (from 47.0 in January). There is some good news in that the output element of the index improved from 45.5 to 47.3 although part of […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, February* 2024:  The February dated edition of the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) points to a fall in manufacturing output across almost all of the sub-sectors and industries.  Manufacturing output volumes fell in the 3 months to February* and at a sharper pace than in the period to January* and back […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

February 16, 2024

UK Manufacturing Output , December, 4th Quarter & full year 2023: The latest data on manufacturing output data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that although there was a month-on-month increase of +0.8% in both November and December, as a result of a fall of -1.3% in October and the base effects from […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE

European Industrial Production, December 2023:  Data published by Eurostat this week shows a sharp increase in industrial production (IP);  it is estimated to have grown by +2.6% compared to November in both the EU and the Euro-zone.  However, care is needed in interpreting this due to a massive increase of +23.5% in Ireland where the […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE

February 1, 2024

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator and Capacity Utilisation, January 2024:  The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for five sectors of the economy and uses this to calculate its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI).  The other point to note is that although labelled as “January 2024” or “Q1-2024”, the […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK Interest Rate Increase and Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Report:  At its meeting this week, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted by a majority of 6-3 to maintain the Bank Rate at 5.25%.  Of the dissenters, two members voted for an increase of 25 basis points (i.e. to 5.5%) and one […]

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PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX FOR MANUFACTURING

The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing produced by J P Morgan using the data from S&P Global improved to a neutral reading of exactly 50.0 – this is the first time it has not been below this level since August 2022.  This was a combination of output volumes increasing for the first time […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

January 26, 2024

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, January 2024:  The CBI published the results of its Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) for January*;  this showed a fall in output volumes over the previous 3 months with little expectation for much of a recovery in the coming period.  Total new orders fell at their fastest pace since July 2020 reflecting […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – INTERNATIONAL

January 19, 2024

European Industrial Production, November 2023:  The data for Europe released by Eurostat has Industrial Production (IP) as the top-level aggregate;  while the largest part of this is the manufacturing sector, it also includes energy and utilities (but not construction) and the breakdown of the total by sector misses out having a figure for manufacturing. Total […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK Manufacturing Output , November 2023:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the latest data on manufacturing output at the end of last week, just too late for our publishing schedules.  Although the headline shows month-on-month growth of +0.4% in November, the negative values in the two previous months mean that manufacturing output over […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

January 11, 2024

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator, December 2023: The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for five sectors of the economy and then uses these to calculate up its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) which is converted to an index based on the long-run average. The December* reading built upon […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

January 5, 2024

UK National Accounts, 3rd Quarter 2023:  Just before the Christmas break, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the national accounts for the 3rd quarter.  This main headline was the downgrading of the GDP data for the 3rd quarter from aero (actually negative but not by enough to see at one decimal point) to a […]

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PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX FOR MANUFACTURING

The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing produced by J P Morgan using the data from S&P Global dropped back to 49.0 (49.3 in November), extending the run of sub-50 readings to 16 months.  Both output and new orders contracted, with the fall in output concentrated in the intermediate goods sector – consumer and, […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

December 15, 2023

UK Manufacturing Output , October 2023:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the output data for October this week and it made rather gloomy reading.  Total manufacturing output fell by -1.1% compared to September;  on our preferred measure of using rolling 3-month blocks, it was down by -0.9% comparing the latest 3 months (August, […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – INTERNATIONAL

European Industrial Production, October 2023:  Eurostat also published its output data this week, although they use Industrial Production (IP) (the largest part of which is manufacturing, but it also includes energy and utilities (but not construction) as the top-level aggregate.  Also, the way in which Eurostat publishes these figures requires a lot of digging to […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

December 8, 2023

European GDP, 3rd Quarter 2023:  Eurostat has issued its third estimate of economic growth (or rather the lack of it) for the 3rd quarter of 2023.  They have kept their previous estimate of no change in GDP for the EU as a whole but a quarter-on-quarter fall of -0.1% for the Euro-zone.  However, the comparison […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

December 1, 2023

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator, November 2023: The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for five sectors of the economy and then uses these to calculate up its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) which is converted to an index based on the long-run average. The November* reading showed a […]

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PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX FOR MANUFACTURING

The November data for the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data for manufacturing is, so far, generally moving in an upward direction but mostly still indicating that activity in the sector is contracting. Because the data is published today, our publishing schedules mean that we don’t yet have the data for any of the countries on […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

November 24, 2023

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, November* 2023:  The latest results from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) shows that manufacturing output volumes fell in the 3 months to November* and was at its most negative since the August* dated survey.  Output is expected to fall again in the coming 3 months, although at a slightly slower […]

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AUTUMN STATEMENT 2023 – A GUIDE TO HIGHLIGHTS

With thanks to Jack Semple, Secretary of EAMA (of which MTA is a member) for providing the bulk of this note, here are some of the highlights of this week’s Autumn Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. We will start with those that are of most relevance to the engineering industries and then cover […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – INTERNATIONAL

November 17, 2023

USMTO and CTMR, September 2023:  The US Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) programme tracks orders in the US market, based on the reports from participants in the survey.  Machine tool orders in the first nine months of 2023 were -13.8% below the level in the same months of last year (January to September 2022).  The 12-month […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE

European Industrial Production, September 2023:  Following the UK manufacturing output data which we reported last week, Eurostat has published the European figures, although they use industrial production as the headline series and don’t provide directly comparable data for the manufacturing sector in their news release.  Another complication is that their data is monthly with no […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK Trade, 3rd Quarter 2023:  The final element of the quarterly GDP figures from the ONS that we reported on last Friday is trade;  because of significant distortions from trade in non-monetary gold, we will use the data and trends for the trade in goods excluding precious metals in this note. For the total trade […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

November 10, 2023

UK Manufacturing Output , September & 3rd Quarter 2023: The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the September output data this morning and the month-on-month trend shows an increase of +0.1% compared to August. There was an increase in output in 5 of the 13 sub-sectors, led by the computer, electronic & optical products and […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE

November 2, 2023

European GDP, 3rd Quarter 2023:  The preliminary flash estimate of GDP from Eurostat for the 3rd quarter of 2023 shows an increase of +0.1% for the EU but a fall of -0.1% for the Euro-zone.  This means that compared to the 3rd quarter of 2022, seasonally adjusted GDP has grown by just +0.1% in both […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK Interest Rate Decision and the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Report:  At its meeting this week, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted 6-3 to hold the Bank Rate at 5.25% – after 14 consecutive increases, this is the 2nd meeting at which the MPC has voted to hold rates (the September […]

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PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX FOR MANUFACTURING

The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing produced by J P Morgan using the data from S&P Global fell to a 3-month low of 48.8 in October with output contracting for the 5th consecutive month and a further deterioration in new orders – it is the 14th month in a row that this has […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

October 27, 2023

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, October 2023:  The latest data from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) showed that total new orders were flat in the three months to October*.  This was made up of a combination of a fall in domestic orders that was balanced by the strongest performance for export orders since January 2022. […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

October 20, 2023

Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index, 3rd Quarter 2023:  The Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index (CMI) uses data on the total purchasing budget for outsourced manufacturing of companies looking to place business in any given month to track activity  in the sub-contracting sector.  With two poor months in July and August, the recovery in September was not enough […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE

October 13, 2023

European Industrial Production, August 2023:  Eurostat also published its output data this morning, although the aggregate they quote is for Industrial Production (IP) – the largest part of this is manufacturing, but it also includes energy and utilities (but not construction).  Also, the way in which Eurostat publishes these figures requires a lot of digging […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK Manufacturing Output , August 2023:  The data on manufacturing output released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) gives us the details of the revisions that first appeared with the UK national accounts at the end of September.  While the overall GDP trends for most of 2023 were only tweaked slightly, there have been […]

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PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX FOR MANUFACTURING

October 6, 2023

The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing produced by J P Morgan using the data from S&P Global ticked up to 49.1 in September but is below the crucial 50 level for the 13th month in a row (note that India and South Korea were not included in the calculation this month due to […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – INTERNATIONAL

September 29, 2023

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator, September 2023:  The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for five sectors of the economy and then uses these to calculate up its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) which is converted to an index based on the long-run average. The September* reading showed another […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK National Accounts, 2nd Quarter 2023:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the UK National Accounts for the 2nd quarter.  In the short-term, the main pints to note is that GDP growth is unrevised at +0.2% for the 2nd quarter but Q1 ha been moved up to +0.3% from +0.1% in the previous release […]

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Export-led Growth inquiry evidence published

September 21, 2023

The Commons’ Business and Trade Committee has published written submissions to its Exports-led Growth inquiry, including the submission from the Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA). EAMA says that advanced engineering and manufacturing have great potential for improving productivity, growth and export performance.  Brexit has put the UK at a structural disadvantage in manufacturing and distribution […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE

September 15, 2023

European Industrial Production, July 2023:  Eurostat has also released the output data for the EU although they use Industrial production (IP) as the top aggregate;  while this is dominated by manufacturing, it also includes energy and utilities (but not construction) and the breakdown of the total by sector misses out having a figure for manufacturing. […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK Manufacturing Output , July 2023:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the latest data on manufacturing output this week, showing a fall of -0.7% in July (compared to the previous month);  however, we prefer to look at the rolling 3-month trends as that takes out some of the natural volatility in monthly data […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

September 8, 2023

Purchasing Managers Index, August 2023 (update):  As promised, this note is to update the manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data that was released last Friday.  The overall global index improved slightly but at 49.0 it extends the run of negative values (below the crucial 50 level that marks the boundary between expansion and contraction) to […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

September 1, 2023

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator, August 2023:  The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for five sectors of the economy and then uses these to calculate up its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) which is converted to an index based on the long-run average. The latest reading (dated August*) […]

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PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX FOR MANUFACTURING

As today is the first of the month, most of the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data for manufacturing is being released today;  however, our publishing schedule means that we don’t yet have the data from the Americas and the figures for the ASEAN region won’t be released until Monday owing to a public holiday in […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

August 25, 2023

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, August 2023:  The CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) dated August* showed a sharp drop in the balance for output volumes in the latest three months as this fell to its lowest level since September 2020.  Despite this weakness, the survey’s respondents expect a broadly flat trend for the coming three months, […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – INTERNATIONAL

August 18, 2023

USMTO and CTMR, June 2023: The US Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) programme tracks orders in the US market, based on the reports from participants. Machine tool orders in the 1st half of 2023 were -12.7% below the level in the same months of last year (January to June 2022). The 12-month rolling total – effectively […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE

European Industrial Production, June 2023: Following the UK manufacturing output data which we reported last week, Eurostat has published the European figures, although they use industrial production and don’t provide directly comparable data for the manufacturing sector. Another complication is that their data is monthly with no easy way of determining the quarterly figures from […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK Trade, 2nd Quarter 2023: The final element of the quarterly GDP figures from the ONS that we reported on last week is trade; because of significant distortions from trade in non-monetary gold, we will use the data and trends for the trade in goods excluding precious metals in this note. The 2nd quarter of […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK ECONOMY Q2-2023

August 11, 2023

UK GDP, June & 2nd Quarter 2023:  The other major announcement from the ONS this morning were the GDP figures for June giving us the 2nd quarter figures.  We will concentrate on the quarterly figures but it is worth noting strong growth of +0.5% in June which is the fastest monthly rate since last October;  […]

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UK MANUFACTURING OUTPUT – Q2-2023

UK Manufacturing Output , June & 2nd Quarter 2023:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the June output data this morning – this showed manufacturing output growing by +2.4% compared to May.  That month had seen output fall marginally and it seems most likely that this was caused by the extra bank holiday for […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

August 4, 2023

UK Interest Rate Increase and Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Report:  At its meeting this week, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to increase the Bank Rate by 25 points to 5.25%.  The vote was divided with 6 members in the majority opinion;  the 3 who had another view were split between […]

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PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX FOR MANUFACTURING

The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing produced by J P Morgan using the data from S&P Global was unchanged from the June reading of 48.7 and, therefore, level with the post-pandemic low point of December 2022.  Output contracted at an accelerated pace and new orders fell for the 13th consecutive month.  This trend […]

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Economic News

July 28, 2023

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, July 2023:  The latest data from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) showed the first improvement in overall business sentiment for two years and that output volumes stabilized in the three months to July* after being on a steady downward trend since the February survey. Output only increased in 4 of […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

July 21, 2023

UK Manufacturing Output , May 2023:  Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) last week showed that manufacturing output fell by -0.2% compared to April but thanks to a strong month in March, output in the latest 3 months (March to May 2023) was +0.8% higher than in the previous period (December 2022, […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

July 7, 2023

Euro-zone Investment & Profitability, 1st Quarter 2023:  Data from Eurostat shows a small improvement in the investment rate (defined as gross fixed capital formation divided by gross value added) compared to the previous quarter to stand at 24.1% (23.9% in Q4-22);  it is also above the level of a year earlier when it stood at […]

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PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX FOR MANUFACTURING

The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing produced by J P Morgan using the data from S&P Global slipped further into negative territory in June to 48.8 following three months at 49.6.  This came about because output declined (having been positive for 4 months) following another decrease in new orders – the 12th month […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – INTERNATIONAL

June 30, 2023

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator, June 2023:  The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for five sectors of the economy and uses these to make up its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI). There was another fall in the overall ESI in June* for both the EU and the Euro-zone […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK National Accounts, 1st Quarter 2022 – GDP & Investment:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released data on the UK National Accounts this morning.  This showed no change to the estimate of GDP growth of +0.1% compared to the previous quarter, leaving the UK economy and just +0.2% higher than a year earlier.  The […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

June 27, 2023

UK Manufacturing Output , April 2023:  The manufacturing output data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this week showed a month-on-month fall of -0.3% but thanks to a significant rise in March, output in the latest 3 months (February, March and April 2023) is +0.7% higher than in the previous 3-month period (November […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

European GDP, 1st Quarter 2023:  Data released this week by Eurostat provided a significant update on the European economy, especially for the Euro-zone.  The estimate of the trend for GDP in the 1st quarter has been revised to +0.1% for the EU (down from +0.2% in the previous release) and, importantly, to -0.1% for the […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator, May 2023:  The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for five sectors of the economy and then uses these to calculate up its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) which is converted to an index based on the long-run average. The latest report (dated May*) […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – INTERNATIONAL

May 25, 2023

Flash Manufacturing PMI, May 2023:  The flash estimates of the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the UK manufacturing sector showed an acceleration in the rate of decline in activity with a reading of 46.9 – its lowest of the year and the 10th month in a row that it has been below the crucial 50 […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, May 2023:  The latest results from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey showed another fall in output in the three months to May* and respondents to the survey expect it to fall in the coming three months as well.  The pace of decline did ease a little from the April survey but […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

May 19, 2023

UK Manufacturing Output March & 1st Quarter 2023:  At the end of last week, too late for our publishing deadline, the Office for national Statistics (ONS) published the manufacturing output data for March and, of course, with that the figures for the 1st quarter of the year. The March figures show that manufacturing output increased […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE

European Industrial Production, March 2023:  Eurostat has also released its data for March although at the top level this is for industrial production and they don’t provide directly comparable data for manufacturing.  Also, their data is monthly with no easy way of determining the quarterly figures from the press release. The headline figures show a […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – INTERNATIONAL

USMTO and CTMR, March 2023:  The US Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) programme tracks orders in the US market, based on the reports from participants.  In the 1st quarter of 2023, orders were -7.5% lower than in the same months of last year (January to March 2022).  This was despite a strong increase for March which […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

European GDP, 1st Quarter 2023:  The preliminary flash estimate of GDP from Eurostat for the 1st quarter of 2023 shows an increase of +0.3% for the EU and +0.1% for the Euro-zone.  In both cases this is an improvement from the previous quarter which had a decline of -0.1% in the EU and no change […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, April 2023:  Although the CBI is having a few reputational problems, the results of their surveys continue to provide valuable information about the economy and, from the Industrial Trends Survey (ITS), for the manufacturing sector.  Various indicators from this survey featured during our Economic Update presentation last week, so we will […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator and Capacity Utilisation, April 2023:  The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for six sectors of the economy and then uses five of these (financial services is not used) make up its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI).  The other point to note is that […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE & USA

January 20, 2023

European Industrial Production, November 2022:  Total industrial production (IP) in the EU was +0.9% higher than in October 2022, with an increase of +1.0% for the subset of the Euro-zone countries.  However, this follows a significant decrease in October which has not been recovered in November.  Compared to November 2021, total IP grew by +2.0% […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK Industrial Production, November 2022:  At the end of last week, just after we had to close the Friday Brief, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the penultimate set of data for manufacturing output for 2022 with the figures for November.  The headline figure showed a fall of -0.5% compared to October but we […]

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China-Russia relations and trade development

January 6, 2023

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis  Dmitri Medvedev, Russia’s ex-President now serving as the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. The meeting was scheduled for Medvedev to take a personal letter from Russian President Putin to Xi. It’s contents were not disclosed but are likely to have included comments on […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

UK National Accounts, 3rd Quarter 2022:  Just before Christmas, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the national accounts for the 3rd quarter;  as well as a downward revision of growth for the latest period to -0.3% this also included similar revisions to the previous 4 quarters.  As a result, the UK economy is now […]

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PURCHASING MANAGERS INDEX FOR MANUFACTURING

The Global Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing produced by J P Morgan using the data from S&P Global edged down again with the reading of 48.6 the 4th in a row to be below the crucial 50 level.  Although output fell at a slightly slower rate, this was outweighed by an acceleration in the […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – INTERNATIONAL

December 16, 2022

European Industrial Production, October 2022:  In contrast to the UK, there was a sharp fall in industrial production (IP) in October, although this was also driven by a fall in energy production thanks, in part, to relatively mild weather.  There was a fall in IP of -1.9% for the EU overall, with the Euro-zone seeing […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

K Industrial Production, October 2022:  The latest manufacturing output data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed growth of +0.7% compared to September.  This was led by pharmaceuticals and transport equipment which was partly off-set by a reduction for basic metals & metal products.  However, month-on-month, there was growth in only 6 of […]

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Sluggish UK Trade as global recession takes hold

Earlier this week, our colleagues at the Institute of Export & International Trade produced a piece on the UK’s trade figures for October;  while we don’t usually report on the monthly trade figures, they highlight a continuing declines in UK exports after taking the effects of inflation into account – this is not just concentrated […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

December 9, 2022

European GDP, 3rd Quarter 2022:  In its latest release of GDP data, Eurostat has upgraded its estimate of growth in the 3rd quarter to +0.4% for the EU and +0.3% for the Euro-zone – both were previously estimated to have grown by +0.2% compared to the previous quarter. This also means that the growth rate […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

December 2, 2022

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, November 2022:  The latest results from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) show that manufacturing output grew in the three months to “November”, its first increase since the equivalent period to “July”.  However, the less good news is that it is expected to contract over the coming 3 months, although as […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – USA

November 18, 2022

USMTO and CTMR, September 2022:  The US Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) programme tracks orders in the US market, based on the reports from participants.  In the first three-quarters of this year, total orders were worth $4.2 billion, +2.7% higher than in the same period in 2021 (January to September). We don’t usually comment on the […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE

European Industrial Production, September 2022:  Last week we reported on the UK manufacturing output data and we now have the equivalent figures for Europe from Eurostat.  However, these are compiled on a slightly different basis with Eurostat using industrial production;  although this is mostly manufacturing output, it also includes energy production. Total industrial production increased […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK Investment, 3rd Quarter 2022:  Among the package of data published last Friday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) were the figures for investment spending in the 3rd quarter.  At this stage, we only have the high level data, with the breakdown by sector and industry to follow at a later date. Total business […]

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SUMMARY OF THE ECONOMIC STATEMENT

This week, Jeremy Hunt, Chancellor of the Exchequer, presented the Government’s Autumn Statement – notably not a budget but designed mainly to instil some stability and confidence in the UK economy following the ill-fated “fiscal event” given by the previous resident of 11 Downing Street back in September. Many news channels will have covered much […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

November 11, 2022

UK Manufacturing Output , September & 3rd Quarter 2022:  The manufacturing output data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows no change in September (compared to August) but the quarterly figure is -2.3% lower than in the 2nd period of the year.  In this note, we will focus mainly on the quarterly data with […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

November 4, 2022

European GDP, 3rd Quarter 2022:  The preliminary flash estimate of GDP published by Eurostat showed much slower growth than in the previous two quarters but, slightly surprisingly, it was still positive;  quarter-on-quarter growth in GDP for both the EU and the sub-set of the Euro-zone countries was +0.2%. This means that compared to a year […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

October 28, 2022

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, October 2022:  The results from the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) suggest that orders and output are still falling in the three months to October but that employment is still increasing despite the downturn in business and the fact that concerns over a shortage of skilled labour are at an […]

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Sunak’s New Government

Jack Semple, Secretary of EAMA offers a round-up of what has happened in the past few days at Westminster in a combination of news and comment. Sunak has announced his new cabinet and those who will attend but are not full members.  There is a clear-out of many Johnson and Truss backers, although Therese Coffey […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

October 21, 2022

USMTO and CTMR, August 2022:  The US Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) programme tracks orders in the US market, based on the reports from participants.  In the first 8 months of 2022, orders were running at +5.3% above the same months (January to August) last year. With IMTS occurring in September, there should be another boost […]

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Review of the week in Westminster

At the end of an historic week at Westminster, here are some highlights, with comment. Prime minister Liz Truss resigned on October 20th.  In a brief statement, she said that she had “set out a vision for a low tax, high growth economy – that would take advantage of the freedoms of Brexit.  I recognise […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE

October 14, 2022

European Industrial Production, August 2022:  According to Eurostat, total industrial production in the EU was +1.1% higher than in July, with an increase of +1.5% for the Euro-zone.  This was not enough to reverse the falls that were recorded in July and industrial production has been varied since the post-pandemic bounce at the end of […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK Manufacturing Output , August 2022:  It is at this time of the year that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) rebases its data and although this year has not seen a change to the period (we are keeping on 2019 as the base year because of the distortions of the Covid pandemic on 2020), […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

September 30, 2022

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator, September 2022:  The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for six sectors of the economy and then uses five of these (financial services is not part of the calculation) to make up its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI). After the more moderate fall in […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

September 23, 2022

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, September 2022:  The CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) results continue to show a small fall in output in the 3 months to September (in practice, given the data collection dates, this is actually June, July and August) at broadly the same pace as in the previous month.  However, for the next three […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

September 16, 2022

UK Industrial Production, July 2022:  The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed manufacturing output unchanged from the level in June;  however, we prefer to focus on rolling 3-month periods as this smooths out some of the noise in the data and on this basis, output in the latest 3 months (May, June […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

September 2, 2022

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator, August 2022:  The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for six sectors of the economy and then uses five of these (financial services is not part of the calculation) to make up its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI). The results for August saw another […]

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The Business of Government

September 1, 2022

Rosa Wilkinson, Director of Policy at the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and a Member of the MTA Board, notes that there are reports that Liz Truss will hold a ‘mini budget’ (a small fiscal event) sometime next week when Parliament is expected to return after the Queen’s funeral and before the party conference break. The […]

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Which firms will get priority support on energy prices?

New Business and Energy Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg is to review which companies should be prioritised for energy support, prime minister Liz Truss told the Commons.  Truss announced measures to contain energy costs for households and businesses, and to bring inflation down by five percentage points. An Energy Price Guarantee will mean “a typical household” will […]

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Economic News

August 25, 2022

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, August 2022: The latest results from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) show the first reduction in manufacturing output since the survey dated February 2021.  This survey, although dated August, really covers July and the three month period from May to July. The balance for the volume of output over the previous […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – USA & EUROPE

August 19, 2022

USMTO and CTMR, June 2022:  The US Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) programme tracks orders in the US market, based on the reports from participants.  Although orders in June 2022 were down both the previous month and a year ago, for the 1st half of the year there is an increase of +13.1% compared to the […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK Manufacturing Output , June & 2nd Quarter 2022:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data for June shows a fall of -1.6% compared to May;  this almost reverses the strong growth (+1.7%) we saw in May.  It seems likely that this is at least influenced by the change in the Bank Holiday arrangements for […]

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Government confirms EORI number now mandatory for exports of licensed goods on SPIRE

Posted by: IOE&IT STAFF Export Control Joint Unit announces new export control measures The UK government’s Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has confirmed that the use of EORI (Economic Operator Registration Identification) numbers will now be mandatory for licence registrations on SPIRE – the ECJU’s exporting licensing system for the control of military, paramilitary and […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

August 4, 2022

European GDP, 2nd Quarter 2022:  The preliminary flash estimate of GDP published by Eurostat showed an acceleration in growth in the Euro-zone which saw GDP +0.7% higher than in the 1st quarter, which in turn had seen growth of +0.5%.  The latest quarter-on-quarter GDP growth rate for the EU as a whole was +0.6%, the […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

July 29, 2022

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, July 2022:  The trends identified in the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) show an easing of manufacturing demand with output and orders slowing to post-lockdown lows;  however, both measures are still above their long-run average, so it is not all gloom.  Employment in the sector continued to rise although labour […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

July 22, 2022

Flash Manufacturing PMI, July 2022:  The initial estimate for the UK manufacturing sector shows the overall Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) still in expansion territory at 52.2, although this is the lowest reading for 25 months (June 2020).  However, the output element has slipped just below the crucial 50 level (at 49.7) and orders fell at […]

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Conservative Party leadership election and the importance of manufacturing

July 15, 2022

Jack Semple, Secretary of EAMA (of which MTA is a member) has reflected on the current political situation and notes that Kipling’s Kim said:  “Those who beg in silence, starve in silence.”  Therefore, now is a good time for the industry to raise its profile – to politicise manufacturing and advanced engineering, with a small […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

UK Manufacturing Output , May 2022:  The latest headline data for manufacturing output from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows month-on month growth of +1.4% with 12 of the 13 sub-sectors having output higher than in April.  This was led by growth in other manufacturing & repair and pharmaceuticals and the exception was in […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

July 8, 2022

Purchasing Managers’ Index for Manufacturing – update of June results:  We did not have the full range of data available for last week’s Friday Brief so, to round up the June Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data, the Global Manufacturing PMI for June, compiled by J P Morgan using the data from S&P Global, fell to […]

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CECIMO GENERAL ASSEMBLY

June 24, 2022

Last week, MTA hosted the CECIMO General Assembly;  delegates from the machine tool industry across Europe took part in a range of policy discussions and together with eminent speakers from the political and business arena, European Machine Tool producers debated key sectoral issues such as digital transformation, supply chain disruptions, standardisation issues, and sustainability. The […]

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PURCHASING MANAGERS’ INDEX – FLASH RELEASE

The flash manufacturing sector Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for June, published by S&P Global, fell in all of the countries that have this stage of reporting.  For the UK, the overall manufacturing PMI fell to 53.4 which is it lowest level since July 2020, the output element was down to 51.2 and the orders series […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE & USA

European Industrial Production, April 2022:  Data from Eurostat showed that total industrial production in the EU increased by +0.3% compared to March, with growth of +0.4% for the Euro-zone.  This small improvement followed a sharp fall for both areas in March.  Looking back 12 months, this means that industrial production in the EU is -0.5% […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK Manufacturing Output, April 2022:  Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that total manufacturing output fell by -1.0% in April although thanks to base effects, output in the latest 3 months (February, March and April 2022) was only -0.2% lower than in the previous 3 months (November and December 2021 and January […]

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MTA Forecast Seminar 2022

June 17, 2022

We would like to update you on some news regarding our Forecast Seminar coming up in October. A location has been confirmed, the event will be held at Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd in Worcester. The programme will follow our usual structure of three presentations. Agenda 09:30 – 10:00 Registration 10:00 – 11:00 Global Macro-Economic Outlook – Ben May, […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

June 10, 2022

European Additive Manufacturing Survey, Spring 2022:  CECIMO has published the results of the Spring survey of the European market for Additive Manufacturing (AM).  This bi-annual survey covers machinery, products, materials and services in the AM sector and the UK element was carried out by MTA/AM-UK. The latest results pointed to strong growth expectations for both […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

May 27, 2022

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, May 2022: The latest results from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) show an improvement in both output and orders growth in May – note that the data collection ran from 26th April to 12th May so this really refers to April (or the month before the date of the survey […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

May 20, 2022

UK Productivity, 1st Quarter 2022:  With data on wages and hours worked as part of the labour market release, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published its flash estimates of productivity for the start of 2022.  The headlines show that on the preferred measure – output per hour worked – productivity fell compared to the […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

May 6, 2022

European Commission Economic Sentiment Indicator, Capacity Utilisation and Investment Survey, April 2022:  The European Commission (EC) draws from a range of surveys to construct confidence indicators for six sectors of the economy and then uses five of these (financial services is not used) make up its Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI).  The other point to note […]

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New actions on Ukraine and Russia

April 29, 2022

The government has lifted all tariffs on goods from Ukraine, part of broad UK economic support, including £1bn in loan guarantees. Imposed on Russia is a new export ban on products and technology that “could be used to repress the people of Ukraine”.  That “could include interception and monitoring equipment”.  Import bans have been imposed […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, April 2022:  The results from the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) concluded that there has been a slowing in the rate of growth of output over the past 3 months but it remains above the long-run average level.  Output grew in 12 of the 17 industries in the ITS with […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

April 22, 2022

European Industrial Production, February 2022:  Figures released by Eurostat this week showed total industrial production in the Euro-zone was +0.7% higher than in January while the EU as a whole showed a rise of +0.6%.  This means that growth over the past 12 months (since February 2021) was +2.0% in the Euro-zone and +3.0% for […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

April 14, 2022

UK Manufacturing Output , February 2022:  The latest headline data for manufacturing output from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows a fall of -0.4% compared to January, driven mainly by a reduction of -9.4% in the automotive industry and -5.0% in the output of chemicals.  Manufacturing output in February was 99.3% of its pre-pandemic level […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

April 1, 2022

UK National Accounts (GDP and Investment), 4th Quarter 2021:  With the publication of the quarterly National Accounts by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the estimate for economic growth in the UK economy has been revised up to +1.3% compared to the previous quarter.  This uprating is largely due to a range of revisions across […]

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CELIMO STATE OF TRADE REPORT

March 27, 2022

CELIMO – the group of European associations representing importers and distributors of manufacturing technology – has released its State of Trade report along with a commentary;  this is summarised here but the full version is in the document attached below. There was a strong pace of GDP growth in most countries in 2021 although this […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

March 25, 2022

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, March 2022:  Before we look at the latest results from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) it is worth noting that although it is labelled as “March”, the data collection period ran from 24th February to 14th March.  This means that although it is one of the first surveys to have […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

March 18, 2022

Bank of England’s Agents’ Summary of Business Conditions – Q1-2022:  In conjunction with the meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPS) this week, at which they voted 8-1 to increase the Bank Rate to 0.75%, the Bank of England has published the latest summary of business conditions collected by their Agents around the country.  This […]

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Russia and Belarus sanctions and webinars

New sanctions on Russia and Belarus New UK sanctions, announced today (Tuesday), will deny Russia and Belarus access to Most Favoured Nation tariffs for hundreds of their exports and ban UK exports of high-end luxury goods to both countries. The full press release can be viewed at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-announces-new-economic-sanctions-against-russia. Among these sanctions is an increase in tariffs […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

March 11, 2022

UK Manufacturing Output , January 2022:  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the latest output data this morning and the headline shows an increase of +0.8% in total manufacturing output compared to December 2021.  However, this still leaves output of the sector -1.6% lower than its pre-pandemic level (February 2020).  The monthly data can […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

March 4, 2022

UK Trade, 4th Quarter 2021:  The year-end figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that total goods exports were +16.5% higher than in the 3rd quarter of the year while imports grew by +2.7%.  However, there was a significant change in the level of trade in non-monetary gold which distorts the picture;  excluding […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE & USA

February 25, 2022

European Industrial Production, December 2021:  Data published by Eurostat shows that seasonally adjusted total industrial production in the Euro-zone was +1.2% higher than in November, with the EU as a whole seeing growth of +0.7%.  For 2021, the annual average saw growth of +7.8% in the Euro-zone and +8.2% for the EU. Industrial production is dominated […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, February 2022:  The latest results from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) shows that while manufacturing activity improved in February (data collection from 26th January to 14th February), so did price pressures.  Total order books eased slightly from the level of the previous three months but remain at an historically high […]

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Update On manufacturing, levelling up, and Brexit

February 18, 2022

A brief update on recent developments, with commentary.  As always, it does not aim to be comprehensive, rather to highlight important points. On manufacturing and advanced engineering, I suspect the government is facing growing frustration from outside and internal tensions: In The Times yesterday (February 17th), Dr Clive Hickman, in effect calls for a national […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE & JAPAN

February 11, 2022

European Commission’s Economic Forecasts, Winter 2022:  The European Commission (EC) has published its latest quarterly forecast with GDP expected to grow by +4.0% for both the EU and the euro-zone in 2022, followed by +2.8% for the EU and +2.7% for the Euro-zone in 2023. The latest outlook reflects a number of challenges facing the […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

UK Manufacturing Output , December 2021:  Data released this morning by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that manufacturing output increased by +0.2% in December, but we will focus on the quarterly trends in this note.  This shows no change compared to the 3rd quarter although the level was +0.7% higher than in the […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

February 4, 2022

UK Interest Rate Increase and Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Report:  The headline here is the decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to increase interest rates by 25 points to 0.5%.  This had been predicted and even the news that this was a close decision with a 5-4 vote was not […]

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InterAct Network

Are you interested in how research into social or economic science can produce actionable insights to help your business adapt to innovative digital technologies? InterAct is a new Made Smarter Innovation funded, ESRC-led network that aims to bring together economic and social scientists, UK manufacturers, and digital technology providers to address the human issues caused by the diffusion […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

January 7, 2022

UK National Accounts, 3rd Quarter 2021:  Just before Christmas, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the national accounts for the 3rd quarter of 2020.  At the whole economy level, the main interest in this is the revisions to the GDP data back to the start of 2020 which has meant an upward adjustment to […]

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Engineering focus for new AI Standards Hub

January 2, 2022

The government has announced the formation of an AI Standards Hub, with a pilot being led by the Alan Turing Institute supported by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the National Physical Laboratory (NPI). As part of the UK’s national artificial intelligence strategy, the hub will aim to increase UK contribution to the development of […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index – 2021 Overview:  Qimtek is an independent network for the UK engineering and manufacturing industry that connects active buyers and suppliers.  By monitoring the purchasing budget of companies who are looking to outsource manufacturing, they can track activity in the sector. From this they calculate the Contract Manufacturing index (CMI) which […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS

CBI Industrial Trends Survey, January 2022:  The latest results from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey (ITS) show that demand conditions are supporting a good level of activity in the sector but there is concern over labour shortages and cost/price pressures.  It is worth noting that although dated “January”, data collection took place from 20th December […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – UK

January 1, 2022

UK Manufacturing Output , November 2021:  Data released this morning by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that manufacturing output increased by +1.0% compared to October.  However, taking the rolling 3-month trend, output in the latest period (September, October and November 2021) was -0.1% lower than the previous 3 months (June, July and August 2021) […]

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ECONOMIC NEWS – EUROPE & USA

European Industrial Production, November 2021:  The data for Europe published by Eurostat covers industrial production;  most of this is manufacturing output but it also includes the extraction industries (mining & quarrying) and utilities (supply of electricity, gas & water).  The headline figures show an increase of +2.3% for the Euro-zone compared to October 2021, although […]

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