By Jonathan Davies

Industrial output in the UK fell 0.4% in June, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS said a fall in production of oil, gas and mining was to blame for the overall drop.

Output in the manufacturing sector was up 0.2% in June, following a 0.6% in May.

The ONS suggested that British manufacturers have struggled so far in 2015 as a result of weak demand in Europe and the strength of the pound, particularly against the euro, which makes it more expensive for European businesses to import British products.