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British manufacturing jumps in Feb as economy extends recovery

Published on Apr 8, 2014 5:13 PM

LONDON (Reuters) - British manufacturing grew much more strongly than expected in February, another sign that the country's economy has kept up its strong pace going into 2014, official data showed on Tuesday.

Manufacturing output expanded by 1.0 per cent in February from January - its biggest increase since September last year - and was 3.8 per cent higher than in the same month of 2013, the Office for National Statistics said.

Economists in a Reuters poll had expected a month-on-month rise of 0.3 per cent and a 3.1 per cent increase for the year.

Overall industrial output, which includes power generation and Britain's North Sea oil production as well as manufacturing, climbed 0.9 per cent on the month, recovering from a weak January when bad weather hampered North Sea oil and gas production.

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