Commenting on the Markit/CIPS Manufacturing PMI data released today, Justin Benson, UK Head of Automotive at KPMG UK
Commenting on the Markit/CIPS Manufacturing PMI data released today, Justin Benson, UK Head of Automotive at KPMG UK, said:
“The latest manufacturing PMI figure (54.4) is relatively low when compared to recent months, but it is still well above 50, demonstrating continued expansion of the sector. High demand is continuing for existing products but manufactures are increasingly saying the big question is what the future holds for their cost base.
“Most of the UK’s manufacturing industry is overseas owned, making it dependent on foreign direct investment. With only months to go before Brexit, some manufacturers are delaying investment because of continued doubt around an EU trade deal. This makes the future health of the manufacturing sector uncertain.
“However, the UK will continue to be a great place to invest. Businesses need to create opportunities for investment by preparing carefully for Brexit, thus reducing uncertainty.”
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