Manufacturing slows as the sourcing of materials raises concerns

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Latest figures from CBI reveal that manufacturing output is at its slowest since March 2020 in the three months to October.

According to the latest CBI quarterly Industrial Trends Survey UK in 10 out of the 17 sub-sectors manufacturing output dropped, with the highest declines being shown by the aerospace sector.

The CBI industry survey gathered data from 310 manufacturing firms and found that the total new orders were broadly flat in the three months to October, following a sharp drop in July that was preceded by five successive quarters of decline.

However, the CBI said that domestic orders picked up slightly.

The survey also found that a third of manufacturers are concerned that access to materials or components may limit their output over the quarter ahead.

CBI Chief Economist Rain Newton-Smith said: “Conditions remain tough in the manufacturing sector, with output and orders still down on the quarter, albeit to a lesser degree. The government must stay on the front foot when it comes to providing support for the sector and wider economy.

“It is more crucial than ever for the government to listen to the experiences and concerns of businesses and ensure support matches the tightness of local lockdowns. Additionally, signing a trade deal with the EU would help create some clarity that firms so badly need during this fraught period.”

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