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Economic indicators: engineering and manufacturing

Economic indicators for the engineering and manufacturing sector are available from a number of sources, including government and professional bodies. On this page you can access reports and online resources providing 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
An overview of the sector from ICAEW's Audit & Assurance Faculty. The report is the work of a group of experts from the largest audit firms, based on their many years of experience with manufacturing clients across the UK and internationally. Published in July 2013.

Industrial Trends Survey
A monthly and quarterly survey by the Confederation of British Industry, covering UK manufacturing trends and analysis. The Survey is the longest-running private sector indicator of manufacturing in the UK.

Economic Review
A monthly compendium of UK economic data from the Office for National Statistics. The report includes manufacturing indices. Published as the Economic & Labour Market Review (ELMR) from 2007 to July 2011.

EEF: Research and intelligence
The EEF is an industry body for engineering and manufacturing employers. It publishes research reports, economic briefings and information on pay benchmarks.

Index of Production 
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 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

ICAEW produces a series of Business and Industry Guides that collect useful market research reports, statistics, trade bodies and trade journals.

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