United Kingdom


  • Industry: Manufacturing
  • Type: Press release
  • Date: 01/02/2013

UK manufacturing production showing encouraging signs, despite a fragile global economy, says KPMG 


Stephen Cooper, KPMG’s UK head of manufacturing, comments on the Markit/CIPS Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), which continued to expand at 50.8 in January, following on from a positive Q4 in 2012:


“The UK manufacturing PMI figures are encouraging. While this starts the year on an optimistic note, the UK has tough domestic issues to contend with, and pressures to increase local output. UK GDP dropped to 0.3% in the last quarter of 2012, which means there was zero growth for 2012 as a whole.  While there are ongoing initiatives by the UK government to encourage local production and foreign investment in UK manufacturing, these together with other domestic initiatives have yet to gain consistent momentum in boosting local production.


“In terms of Europe, the UK still has the shadow of the Eurozone debt issues looming over it, as the  Eurozone is still the UK’s biggest export market. 


“Looking at the wider global manufacturing sector, the US yesterday  reported a 0.1 percent shrinkage in economic activity, which is the first contraction in recent months. With the US being a major world market, this is hopefully a temporary situation, as they reported that some of this contraction was due to weather-related disruptions.


“In Asia, the rise in China’s latest PMI for the third month in a row offers  some hope as it indicates that factory output is accelerating, which may mean better economic performance for Asia in coming months, and may link through to an increase in UK exports to Asia.


“The UK manufacturing sector is contending with challenging domestic and global factors at an uncertain and fragile time for the global economy.”





Media Contact:

Katrin Boettger, Senior PR Manager 

Tel: +44 207 896 4232 / 0782 4475168

Email: Katrin.boettger@kpmg.co.uk


About KPMG:


KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, is a subsidiary of KPMG Europe LLP and operates from 22 offices across the UK with over 12,000 partners and staff.  The UK firm recorded a turnover of £1.8 billion in the year ended September 2012. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. We operate in 156 countries and have 152,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity.  KPMG International provides no client services.



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