UK production output showed no growth in September, with water supply and sewerage being the main positive contributor, followed by manufacturing and offset by declines in mining and quarrying and electricity and gas: ONS

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LONDON , November 10, 2023 (press release) –

Movements in the volume of production for UK production industries: manufacturing, mining and quarrying, energy supply, and water and waste management.

Main points    

  • We estimate that monthly production output has shown no growth in September 2023; this follows a fall of 0.5% in August 2023 (revised upwards by 0.2 percentage points).
  • The monthly output for September 2023 has shown no growth (0.0%), with two of the four production sectors reporting increased output; "water supply and sewerage" was the main positive contributing sector (1.4%), with a smaller contribution from "manufacturing" (0.1%), offset by falls in "mining and quarrying" (2.2%) and "electricity and gas" (0.5%).
  • Monthly manufacturing output increased by 0.1%, with increases in 5 of its 13 sub-sectors during September 2023; most notably, "manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products" and "manufacture of machinery and equipment" increased 2.8% and 2.7%, respectively.
  • Looking at the longer-term profile, quarterly production output growth for Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2023 saw no growth when compared with Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2023; this follows 1.2% quarterly growth in Quarter 2 2023.
  • The main positive contributing sectors over Quarter 3 2023 were "manufacturing" and "mining and quarrying", which increased by 0.1% and 0.6% respectively; these rises were offset by "water supply and sewerage", which declined by 0.8%.
  • Further analysis of the effect on our monthly Index of Production (IoP) estimate is available in our Gross domestic product (GDP) monthly estimate, UK: September 2023 bulletin, published 10 November 2023.

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