By Marcus Leach

Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today (Thursday) revealed that UK industrial output fell 0.6% in November, heightening concern over the strength of the economy.

It followed a downwardly-revised 0.9% fall in the previous month, and meant output was 3.1% lower than a year ago.

Key points:

• The seasonally adjusted Index of Production fell by 3.1 per cent in November 2011 compared with November 2010.
• The seasonally adjusted Index of Manufacturing fell by 0.6 per cent in November 2011 compared with November 2010.
• The seasonally adjusted Index of Production fell by 0.6 per cent between October 2011 and November 2011.
• The seasonally adjusted Index of Manufacturing fell by 0.2 per cent between October 2011 and November 2011.

Manufacturing

Seasonally adjusted manufacturing output fell by 0.2 per cent in November 2011 compared with October 2011. Seven manufacturing industries sectors fell with six rising. The largest contributions to the month on month fall in manufacturing output were the manufacture of basic metals and metal products industries which fell by 2.4 per cent, followed by manufacture of wood and paper products which fell by 2.5 per cent and manufacture of chemical and chemical products which fell by 2.7 per cent. In contrast, manufacture of transport equipment industries rose by 2.9 per cent in November 2011 compared with October 2011.

Mining and quarrying

Output of the mining and quarrying industries fell by 14.2 per cent in November 2011 compared with November 2010. This was the 14th consecutive decrease. The biggest decrease was in the extraction of oil and gas which fell by 16.7 per cent contributing 14.0 percentage points to the 14.2 per cent fall in November 2011 compared with the same month a year ago. Between October 2011 and November 2011 mining and quarrying fell by 2.2 per cent. Oil and gas extraction was the biggest downwards driver falling by 2.1 per cent on the month.

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