Business conditions in the UK manufacturing industry improved during the last month of 2018.
The IHS Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to a six-month high of 54.2 in December, up from 53.6 in November.
This rise was mainly driven by stronger inflows of new business and an increase in stocks of purchases. Output also improved, but at a slower pace than November.
Growth of new orders accelerated to a . . .
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