Manufacturing rebound hopes dashed
Filed under: News
The latest Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI) produced a headline reading of 48.4 for September, below the 50 mark that separates expansion from contraction and down on the improved trend of 49.6 seen a month earlier.
After an initial rebound since activity was hit by the extra holiday for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in June, Markit economist Chris Williamson said the findings were consistent with manufacturing output falling at a quarterly rate of more than 1% in September.
He said: "At that pace, the sector could dampen economic growth severely and keep the economy in recession."
But the overall increase was only modest due to falling exports as overseas sales continue to be hit by the ongoing deterioration in global economic growth, driven by the ongoing crisis in the eurozone.
Mr Williamson added: "In this global economic environment, manufacturers look certain to struggle and the sector is unlikely to act as a driver of economic growth."
Cost pressures also surged in September, reflecting rising oil and agricultural commodity prices in particular.
© 2012 Press Association