By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline
Published: 11:12 BST, 4 May 2021 | Updated: 11:12 BST, 4 May 2021
UK manufacturing grew at the fastest rate in nearly 27 years last month as the coronavirus bounceback gathered pace.
The closely-watched IHS Markit/CIPS PMI hit 60.9 in April - with anything above 50 representing expansion.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
That was above the 58.9 recorded in March, and the highest seen since a score of 61 in July 1994.
The positive findings from the monthly survey comes amid expectations that the Bank of England will upgrade its growth forecasts this week.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has insisted that the UK is well-placed for a strong recovery, with consumers who have stayed in jobs during the pandemic sitting on billions of pounds of enforced savings.
Manufacturing managers said they have seen output growth due to the loosening of restrictions, improved demand and rising backlogs of work.
It means the UK sector has seen growth for 11 months in a row.
The closely-followed IHS Markit/CIPS PMI index hit 60.9 in April - with anything above 50 representing expansion
Chancellor Rishi Sunak (pictured on a visit to the Quorn Foods plant in North Yorkshire last week) has insisted that the UK is well-placed for a strong recovery
Consumer goods manufacturers performed strongest as retailers, pubs, restaurants and the