By Marcus Leach

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that UK manufacturing experienced its biggest monthly drop for almost two and a half years in April.

The three main contributing factors for April's figures being so low were the Royal Wedding, double bank holiday and Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Manufacturing output fell by 1.5% between March and April, which is being compared to June 2002 when production dropped 5.4% in June for the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

However, economists have played down the significance of the data, saying it was distorted, given that output was up by 1.3% on April's figures for last year.

The ONS highlighted April as an unusual month, given how events combined to reduce production. The double bank holiday, created due to the Royal Wedding, played a major role, coupled with the Japanese tsunami.

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