UK Factory Orders Gauge Hits Record High
The Confederation of British Industry's order book balance rose by four points to an all-time high of +22 in September 2021, easily beating market expectations of +15, according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey. Manufacturing firms saw total order books improve further on August’s strong results to reach a record high, while export order books also improved to their strongest since March 2019. However, output growth in the three months for September slowed for the second month in a row, despite remaining firm by historical standards. Eleven out of 17 sectors saw output increase, with headline growth being driven largely by the food, drink & tobacco sub-sector. Stock adequacy picked up slightly, but nonetheless remained close to last month’s record low and considerably below average. On the price front, expectations for output cost growth in the coming quarter remain strong.
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