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Manufacturing Industries: Competition

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the competitiveness of manufacturing industry. (279047)

According to official ONS data, the UK manufacturing sector while suffering a sharp decrease in production, has not been worse affected during the current global recession than manufacturing in some other advanced economies. In the year to March 2009, manufacturing output fell by 12.7 per cent. in the UK, compared to falls of 35.0 per cent. in Japan, 22.9 per cent. in Germany, 17.7 per cent. in France, and by 14.9 per cent. in the US. In March and April 2009, some countries have seen manufacturing output increase on the month, including increases in the UK of 0.2 per cent. in both months.