United Kingdom industrial production was surprisingly strong in September

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Stronger than expected manufacturing pushed up industrial production

The UK's industrial output grew at its fastest pace so far this year in September, according to official figures.

Industrial production rose a larger-than-forecast 0.7 per cent in September, with output increasing across most manufacturing sectors, the Office for National Statistics said.

At 4.30 am ET, the Office for National Statistics releases United Kingdom industrial production and foreign trade reports.

But construction fell the most in 18 months and a narrowing of the trade deficit was not enough to prevent the shortfall widening in the third quarter.

Industrial production rose 3.8 percent year-on-year in September, which was slower than the 4.1 percent growth economists had expected.

The UK's trade deficit in goods and services narrowed by £0.7bn between August and September 2017 to £2.75bn, mainly due to trade in goods exports increasing by £1.3bn.

Industrial output, which includes manufacturing, accounts for 14 per cent of Britain's overall economic output.

In terms of industries, 11 out of 23 industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown positive growth in September 2017 as against the previous year.

Electricity generation growth slipped to 3.4 per cent in September compared to 5.1 per cent a year before.

United Kingdom construction output slumped 1.6% in September, the ONS revealed, way worse that the 0.3% expected by the market and larger than the 1.0% drop the ONS had initially pencilled in its quarterly estimate.

Pharmaceutical output surged 12% in September after weakness over the summer, Insee's statistics showed.

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