UK car production fall hits industrial output

UK industrial production shrank in the second quarter of the year, according to the latest official figures.


Production fell by 0.4%, mainly due to a 0.6% drop in manufacturing output, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures showed. That was largely due to a 3.6% fall in the production of transport equipment, including motor vehicles.


Car production fell by 6.7% from May to June, the sharpest drop since December 2013.


The figures underline the British economy’s dependence on services, which makes up about four-fifths of the UK’s economic output.


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