Manufacturers suggested that robust domestic demand and strong confidence among clients had supported their order books during the latest survey period. A number of firms noted that capacity constraints and stretched supply chains were the main headwinds to output growth at their plants.
Meanwhile, latest data pointed to another sharp rise in average cost burdens. Manufacturers widely commented on strong demand for raw materials and higher metals prices linked to tariffs. However, overall input price inflation eased slightly from October’s three-month high.