Manufacturing and mortgages point to weakening British economy

Britain’s manufacturing sector shrank for a second month in March as “ lacklustre” demand at factories weighed on economic growth, Markit Economics said.

2nd April, 2013
Lenders granted 51,653 mortgages, the least since September, the Bank of England said today in London.

Britain’s manufacturing sector shrank for a second month in March as “ lacklustre” demand at factories weighed on economic growth, Markit Economics said.

A gauge of factory activity rose to 48.3 from 47.9 in February, Markit and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply said today in London.

A reading below 50 indicates contraction. The latest survey places the average for the first quarter at 49, suggesting manufacturing won’t shield the economy from a...

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