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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

Economic output and productivity
Statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) covering manufacturing, production and services indices (measuring total economic output) and productivity (measuring efficiency).

Index of Production 
Monthly data released by the ONS 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 S&P Global /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'. Search the list of releases for 'UK manufacturing'. Other countries are covered in separate reports.

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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