Manufacturing output rises 0.2 pct in April

Manufactured output rose by 0.2 percent in April from the level in March, official data showed on Wednesday.

Manufacturing output advanced for the second month in a row after a revised monthly gain of 0.2 percent in March, which was the first increase since February 2008.

Output in April was down 12.7 percent on a 12-month basis, the Office for National Statistics ONS added in a statement.

The ONS said a wider measure of industrial production, which includes mining, quarrying and energy, increased 0.3 percent in April from March, but was down 12.3 percent year-on-year.

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