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Economic indicators: engineering and manufacturing

Economic indicators measuring trends in the engineering and manufacturing sector are available from a number of sources, including government and professional bodies. On this page you can access a range of reports and online resources providing quick links to statistics and commentary.

Online articles

The ICAEW Library & Information Service provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. This resource is available to ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

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Useful links

Audit Insights: Manufacturing
A sketch of the sector landscape drafted by a group of audit experts from the larger audit firms based on their many years’ combined experience working with manufacturing clients across the UK and internationally. Published in July 2013.

CBI Industrial Trends Survey
Quarterly survey produced by the Confederation of British Industry, covering UK manufacturing trends and analysis.

Economic & Labour Market Review (ELMR)
A monthly compendium of UK economic statistics, including manufacturing indices, compiled by the Office for National Statistics.

EEF: The manufacturers' organisation
The EEF produce a number of surveys and data publications, including the quarterly Engineering Outlook and Manufacturing Outlook.

Index of Production (IoP)
Monthly data released by the Office for National Statistics showing the volume of production at base year prices for the manufacturing, mining and quarrying and energy supply industries.

Manufacturing Outlook
Quarterly report with sector analysis and forecasting published by BDO and EEF.

Manufacturing PMI
The monthly releases for the Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index provide an insight into manufacturing production and the performance of the sector. The index is 'based on data compiled from monthly replies to questionnaires sent to purchasing executives in over 600 industrial companies'.

Further resources

We also produce a series of Business and Industry Guides that provide useful information on a variety of business and industry sectors, including links to market research reports, statistics, trade bodies and trade journals.

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