Factory activity in the UK was down 4.2 percent year-on-year in February of 2021, the last month of "normal" trading conditions prior to the coronavirus pandemic. It follows a 5 percent drop in January. On a monthly basis, industrial output jumped 1.3 percent, driven by higher output in 7 of the 13 manufacturing subsectors, the largest being a rise of 9 percent in manufacturing of computer, electronic and optical products. source: Office for National Statistics

Manufacturing Production in the United Kingdom averaged 0.35 percent from 1969 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 19.60 percent in February of 1973 and a record low of -30.30 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 May of 2021.

Manufacturing Production in the United Kingdom is expected to be 19.00 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 4.50 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Manufacturing Production is projected to trend around 3.60 percent in 2022 and 2.00 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Manufacturing Production

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-4.20 -5.00 19.60 -30.30 1969 - 2021 percent Monthly
Constant Prices 2016=100, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-01-15 07:00 AM Nov -3.8% -6.1% -4.8% -5.6%
2021-02-12 07:00 AM Dec -2.5% -2.6% -3.3% -3.0%
2021-03-12 07:00 AM Jan -5.2% -2.5% -3.6% -3.7%
2021-04-13 06:00 AM Feb -4.2% -5% -5.1% -5.4%
2021-05-12 06:00 AM Mar -4.2% 3.8% 4%
2021-06-11 06:00 AM Apr 40.8%
2021-07-09 06:00 AM May 30.6%
2021-08-12 06:00 AM Jun 19%


News Stream
UK Manufacturing Production Continues to Fall
Factory activity in the UK was down 4.2 percent year-on-year in February of 2021, the last month of "normal" trading conditions prior to the coronavirus pandemic. It follows a 5 percent drop in January. On a monthly basis, industrial output jumped 1.3 percent, driven by higher output in 7 of the 13 manufacturing subsectors, the largest being a rise of 9 percent in manufacturing of computer, electronic and optical products.
2021-04-13
British Manufacturing Output Slumps in January
Manufacturing production in th UK fell 5.2 percent year-on-year in January of 2021, the 22nd decline in a row and much worse than forecatst of a 3.6 percent fall. On a monthly basis, factory output sank 2.3 percent, compared to forecasts of a 0.8 percent fall, mainly due to a drop in transport equipment. Manufacturing was 5.7 percent below its level in February of 2020.
2021-03-12
UK Factory Production Continues to Decline
Manufacturing output in the United Kingdom shrank 2.5 percent year-on-year in December of 2020, following a downwardly revised 2.6 percent fall in November and compared to forecasts of a 3.3 percent fall. On a monthly basis, factory activity edged up 0.3 percent, lower than expectations of 0.6 percent and led by manufacturing of chemicals and chemical products. 8 of the 13 subsectors displayed upward contributions. Considering full 2020, manufacturing production shrank 9.9 percent, following a 1.8 percent drop in 2019.
2021-02-12
UK Factory Activity Falls Less than Expected
Manufacturing production in the United Kingdom declined 3.8 percent year-on-year in November of 2020, less than market forecasts of a 4.8 percent drop. Still, it is the 20th consecutive decline as coronavirus pandemic limited production. The country was under another lockdown during the month of November to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Compared with the previous month, factory activity went up 0.7 percent, led by transport equipment.
2021-01-15

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).