By Wiktor Szary and Jason Douglas
LONDON--U.K. manufacturing grew for the second consecutive month in September, official data showed Tuesday, but Britain's overall industrial production fell as widespread oil and gas field maintenance limited output.
U.K. factory output rose by 0.6% on the month in September, the Office for National Statistics said, above the expectations of analysts polled by The Wall Street Journal, who predicted a 0.4% rise. Compared with September last year, output ticked up by 0.2%.
Recent business surveys have showed that the weakened currency was giving British manufacturers a boost, making their products cheaper for overseas buyers. However, September's data offered no "obvioussigns" that sterling's depreciation boosted output, government statisticians said. There was also little evidence that uncertainty about Britain's future relations with the EU was cramping manufacturing.
Sterling plunged to a fresh three-decade low against the dollar after U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May set a March deadline to begin exiting the EU and indicated that maintaining its privileged access to the country's largest trading partner was a lower priority than controlling immigration.
The U.K.'s overall industrial production fell by 0.4% on the month in September, defying economists' expectations for limited growth. The fall was driven mainly by extensive summer maintenance of oil and gas fields, which limited output.
Write to Wiktor Szary at Wiktor.Szary@wsj.com and Jason Douglas at Jason.Douglas@wsj.com
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November 08, 2016 04:58 ET (09:58 GMT)
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