UK manufacturing grew at fastest rate in 27 YEARS last month

UK manufacturing grew at fastest rate in 27 YEARS last month as stunning Covid bounceback gathered pace PMI figures show the manufacturing sector growing at fastest pace since 1994 Level for April underlines strong recovery under way after the coronavirus hit  Anything over 50 on closely-watched index represents sector that is expanding Bank of England is expected to upgrade its growth forecasts for UK this week 

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 11:12 BST, 4 May 2021 | Updated: 11:12 BST, 4 May 2021

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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.

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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

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

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

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