LONDON (Reuters) - British industrial output grew less than expected in November, despite a strong rebound in oil and gas production due to the restarting of the Britain's largest oil field.
"This is a disappointing manufacturing figure, but offset a little bit by the eventual recovery in oil and gas output. It is that industrial production number that is going to feed through into GDP figures.
"The feared loss of momentum in manufacturing output is being confirmed by these data."
"With austerity and inflation going nowhere, the outlook for manufacturers is subdued. However, there may be some respite with encouraging economic signs from abroad, particularly if recent reports that the euro zone woes may be bottoming out are correct."
"It's a disappointing set of data, we had thought that we might see a bounceback in manufacturing output over the month but what we saw instead was a further contraction.
"Most of the official data are suggesting weakness over the fourth quarter but it's possible that we actually see a rebound in construction output despite the weak-looking headlines on November's data. So Q4 GDP may still be positive."
Mth-on-mth change -0.3 -1.3 (-1.3) 0.5
Yr-on-yr change -2.1 -2.0 (-2.1) -1.3
Mth-on-mth change 0.3 -0.9 (-0.8) 0.8
Yr-on-yr change -2.4 -3.0 (-3.0) -1.9
- Biggest annual fall in factory output since June 2012
- Biggest monthly rise in industrial output since July 2012
- Biggest 3m/3m fall in industrial output since April 2009
- Biggest monthly rise in oil and gas extraction since January 1968
Reporting by UK bureau