Car makers drive longest period of manufacturing growth in UK since 1994

Britain’s car factories are helping drive the country’s manufacturing production to its longest period of growth in more than 20 years, according to government figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said cars made for export and a bumper month for pharmaceutical firms helped output grow for the sixth month in a row in October – the longest unbroken period of manufacturing growth since 1994.

A growth rate of 0.1% in manufacturing production in October pushed the annual rate of expansion to 3.9% and confirmed the manufacturing sector’s status as one of the brightest areas in the UK economy this year.

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