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U.K. Manufacturing Growth Surges to Fastest in Three Years

  • Report reinforces view the economy is in a ‘sweet spot’
  • Pound decline helping exports, though also boosting costs
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U.K. manufacturing unexpectedly grew at the fastest pace in three years in April as the domestic market strengthened and the pound’s depreciation boosted exports.

A measure of factory conditions rose to 57.3 from 54.2 in March, according to IHS Markit’s Purchasing Managers’ Index. That’s far better than the 54 forecast by economists in a Bloomberg survey and above the 50 level dividing expansion from contraction. Growth in new orders and exports also gathered pace.