Daily Mail

Bri­tain beats the eu­ro­zone


GROWTH in Bri­tain’s man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor is out­pac­ing ev­ery other ma­jor Euro­pean na­tion as the Con­ti­nent is gripped by a slow­down.

Re­search group IHS Markit’s in­dex of fac­tory ac­tiv­ity in Novem­ber, where 50 is the cut-off be­tween growth and de­cline, came in at 53.1 for the UK – the best fig­ure for two months.

The read­ing was 51.8 for the eu­ro­zone, its low­est since Au­gust 2016.

Man­u­fac­tur­ing growth was at a 31month low in Ger­many and a 26month low in France, which has been gripped by ri­ot­ing over fuel prices.

Italy hit a 47-month low where the sec­tor shrank af­ter a row with the EU over Rome’s plans for a spend­ing spree.

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