Manufacturing firms confident of UK growth

THE MANUFACTURING sector is growing in confidence about the year ahead, with firms dramatically upgrading their expectations for growth as the recovery looks increasingly solid.

Industrial firms now expect a 3.6 per cent expansion during 2014, ahead of the economy generally and up from the 2.7 per cent they predicted just three months ago.

Manufacturing group EEF and BDO’s latest survey gives a bullish picture of the sector.