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REGIONS REPORT PATCHY ECONOMIC RECOVERY

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Further evidence that the UK is experiencing a patchy and uneven recovery emerged yesterday in the latest survey of...
Further evidence that the UK is experiencing a patchy and uneven recovery emerged yesterday in the latest survey of industrial trends, the Financial Times reports (p7).

The survey produced by the Confederation of British Industry and British Strategy showed that differences in demand have produced mixed fortune for manufacturing across different regions.

Overall, UK manufacturing orders and output changed little in the four months to October. But orders for companies in the West Midlands and Scotland increased sharply while in Northern Ireland and the South West they fell.

A mixed pattern is forecast for the four months from October, with strong order growth expected in the north-west and Wales against forecasts of falling orders in the east Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside.

Although Scottish industry expects to increase staff slightly in the coming months, manufacturing employment is expected to fall in all regions in the present quarter compared with a year ago.
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