The UK manufacturing production shrank by 8.4 percent from a year earlier in August 2020, the 17th consecutive month of contraction and compared to market expectations of a 5.9 percent decline. source: Office for National Statistics

Manufacturing Production in the United Kingdom averaged 0.39 percent from 1969 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 19.60 percent in February of 1973 and a record low of -29.90 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 October of 2020.

Manufacturing Production in the United Kingdom is expected to be -8.20 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 5.90 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
-8.40 -10.10 19.60 -29.90 1969 - 2020 percent Monthly
Constant Prices 2016=100, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-07-14 06:00 AM May -22.8% -28.2% -23.9% -22.9%
2020-08-12 06:00 AM Jun -14.6% -23.1% -15% -16.7%
2020-09-11 06:00 AM Jul -9.4% -14.6% -10.5% -10.8%
2020-10-09 06:00 AM Aug -8.4% -10.1% -5.9% -6.2%
2020-11-11 07:00 AM Sep -8.4% -9.6%
2020-12-10 07:00 AM Oct -10%


News Stream
British Factory Activity Continues to Recover
Manufacturing production in the UK contracted 9.4 percent year-on-year in July of 2020, less than forecasts of a 10.4 percent plunge and marking the sixth straight decline in factory output. On a monthly basis, manufacturing went up 6.3 percent, above forecasts of 5 percent, led by transport equipment, which rose by 18.5 percent although all of the 13 subsectors displayed upward contributions.
2020-09-11
UK Manufacturing Output Shrinks Less Than Expected
Manufacturing production in the United Kingdom dropped 14.6 percent year-on-year in June 2020, following an upwardly revised 23.1 percent plunge in the previous month and compared with market expectations of a 15 percent decline. During June 2020 the manufacturing sector restarted operations following lockdown restrictions due to the COVID-19 with businesses managed to operate while adhering to social distancing measures. On a monthly basis, factory output went up 11 percent, the biggest increase since 1968, led by transport equipment (52.6 percent). Of the 13 subsectors, 11 displayed upward contributions. On a quarterly basis, manufacturing output plunged by a record 22 percent over the same period of the previous year.
2020-08-12
UK Factory Output Shrinks Less than Expected
Manufacturing production in the United Kingdom decreased 22.8 percent year-on-year in May of 2020, following a record 28.2 percent fall in April and below market expectations of a 23.9 percent fall. In the end of May, firms returned to work after the coronavirus lockdown, as businesses managed to operate while adhering to social distancing measures. On a monthly basis, factory output went up 8.4 percent, the biggest increase since 1979, led by rubber and plastic products (32.5 percent). Of the 13 subsectors, 11 displayed upward contributions.
2020-07-14
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

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).