Manufacturing production in the United Kingdom plunged at a record 28.5 percent year-on-year in April of 2020, following a 9.7 percent drop in March and worse than forecasts of a 19.9 percent fall. The coronavirus lockdown imposed from March 23rd had a significant impact on overall economic activity as many businesses and factories had to close. On a monthly basis, factory activity sank 24.3 percent, also a record drop, led by transport equipment, which fell by a record 50.2 percent, with motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers falling by a record 90.3 percent.

Manufacturing Production in the United Kingdom averaged 0.48 percent from 1969 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 19.60 percent in February of 1973 and a record low of -28.50 percent in April of 2020. This page provides the latest reported value for - United Kingdom Manufacturing Production - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United Kingdom Manufacturing Production - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2020. source: Office for National Statistics

Manufacturing Production in the United Kingdom is expected to be -20.00 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Manufacturing Production in the United Kingdom to stand at 5.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Manufacturing Production is projected to trend around 6.00 percent in 2021 and 2.00 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Manufacturing Production

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-28.50 -9.70 19.60 -28.50 1969 - 2020 percent Monthly
Constant Prices 2016=100, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-03-11 09:30 AM Jan -3.6% -2.5% -3.5% -3.1%
2020-04-09 06:00 AM Feb -3.9% -3.7% -4% -4%
2020-05-13 06:00 AM Mar -9.7% -4.3% -10.4% -10.9%
2020-06-12 06:00 AM Apr -28.5% -9.7% -19.9% -21%
2020-07-14 06:00 AM May -28.5%
2020-08-10 06:00 AM Jun -20%
2020-09-10 06:00 AM Jul
2020-10-09 06:00 AM Aug


News Stream
UK Manufacturing Production Slumps 28.5% YoY
Manufacturing production in the United Kingdom plunged at a record 28.5 percent year-on-year in April of 2020, following a 9.7 percent drop in March and worse than forecasts of a 19.9 percent fall. The coronavirus lockdown imposed from March 23rd had a significant impact on overall economic activity as many businesses and factories had to close. On a monthly basis, factory activity sank 24.3 percent, also a record drop, led by transport equipment, which fell by a record 50.2 percent, with motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers falling by a record 90.3 percent.
2020-06-12
UK Factory Activity Plunges the Most since 2009
Manufacturing production in the United Kingdom shrank 9.7% year-on-year in March of 2020, following and upwardly revised 4.3% drop in February and compared to market forecasts of a 10.4% fall. It is the biggest plunge in factory activity since August of 2009 after the country imposed a lockdown from March 23rd due to the coronavirus, forcing many businesses to close. On a monthly basis, manufacturing went down 4.6%, led by transport equipment, which fell by 20.5%, with the motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers industry falling by a record 34.3%; of the 13 subsectors, 10 displayed downward contributions, indicating that overall weakness was widespread.
2020-05-13
UK Factory Output Posts Biggest Fall in Near 7 Years
Manufacturing Production in the United Kingdom decreased 3.90 percent year-on-year in February of 2020, the most since January of 2013 and compared to forecasts of a 4 percent drop. On a monthly basis, factory activity increased 0.5 percent, above an upwardly revised 0.4 percent gain in January and above forecasts of 0.1 percent. Main upward contributions came from basic pharmaceutical products (3.5 percent) because of widespread export-led strength; however, there is no anecdotal evidence of any impact from the coronavirus (COVID-19) during February; food, beverages and tobacco (1.4 percent); and basic metals and metal products (0.9 percent), mainly because of strength from large businesses within fabricated metal products (1.1 percent).
2020-04-09
UK Factory Activity Shrinks for 9th Month
Manufacturing production in the United Kingdom fell 2.5 percent year-on-year in December of 2019, following an upwardly revised 3.3 percent drop in November which was the worst decline since February of 2013. It marks the 9th straight month of annual declines in factory activity and compares with market expectations of a smaller 1 percent fall. On a monthly basis, manufacturing production rose 0.3 percent, led by a 3.2 percent surge in transport equipment, where the motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers industry (5 percent) displayed a partial bounceback following the strong impact from factory shutdowns during November 2019. Considering full 2019, manufacturing shrank 1.5 percent, the largest annual fall since 2009, led by a 6.2 percent contraction in transport equipment.
2020-02-11

United Kingdom Manufacturing Production
Manufacturing production measures the output of businesses operating in the manufacturing sector. It is the most important sector in the UK and accounts for 70 percent of total production. The biggest segments within Manufacturing are: Food, drink and tobacco (11 percent of total production); transport equipment (9 percent); basic metals (8 percent); other manufacturing and repair (6 percent); pharmaceutical products and preparations (6 percent); and rubber and plastic products and non-metallic mineral products (6 percent).