Surprise rise in UK output

UK industrial output rose unexpectedly in April for the first time since February 2008, official figures have shown.

The Office for National Statistics said output rose by 0.3% from the previous month, compared with forecasts by analysts of just a 0.1% rise.

Manufacturing rose 0.2%, which was also an unexpected rise.

Commenting on the figures, David Kern, chief economist at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), says: “Manufacturing output has recorded a modest increase, which is better than analysts expected.