By Jonathan Davies
UK manufacturing output took an unexpected fall in October, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
It was widely estimated that output would grow 0.2% in the month, but ONS figures show that it fell by 0.7%, down from 0.7% of growth in September.
However, there was some good news in that output was up 1.7% compared with October 2013.
On the monthly basis, the sector was hit by a sharp drop in manufacturing of computers and electronics - 4.5% in fact.
"A sharp drop in factory output in October is a timely reminder that policymakers cannot be complacent about the UK's recent run of strong growth persisting into the New Year," said Chris Williamson, chief economist for financial information firm Markit.
"Expectations of when [the] UK interest rate may start rising will most likely be pushed back with the news that the manufacturing economy is struggling once again, and that the economic upturn remains all too dependent on domestic spending."
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